Tom Cruise did 13,000 motorbike jumps to train for ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ stunt

The stunt promises to be the most “dangerous” yet

Mission: Impossible 7 will feature the franchise’s most “dangerous” stunt ever, according to director Christopher McQuarrie.

A featurette for the film debuted at CinemaCon (via The Hollywood Reporter), detailing how Tom Cruise trained for a year to perfect one stunt where he performs a motorbike jump off a cliff into a valley in Norway.

In preparation, Cruise had 500 skydiving sessions and performed 13,000 motorbike jumps. The shot itself was captured on day one of principal photography.

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Speaking in the featurette (via Deadline), Cruise said: “This is far and away the most dangerous thing I’ve attempted; we’ve been working on this for years. I wanted to do it since I was a little kid.”

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The cast of ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’. Credit: Alamy

McQuarrie added: “The only thing that scares me more is what we’ve got planned for Mission 8.”

In past instalments, Cruise has clung to a moving plane and even climbed the tallest building on Earth in Dubai. Filming on the sixth movie, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, left Cruise with a broken ankle after jumping off a building.

Mission: Impossible 7 has been filming across Italy, Abu Dhabi and the UK, with Cruise having been spotted at an Indian restaurant in Birmingham and inside a Warwickshire family’s garden.

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Along with Cruise, the film also sees Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby reprise their roles. Newcomers include Pom Klementieff, Rob Delaney and Esai Morales.

Mission: Impossible 7 was originally scheduled to release in November last year, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic to May 27, 2022.

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