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The latest Mission Impossible movie not only starred Tom Cruise, but the beautiful county of Hampshire too, and has raked in worldwide box office takings of £90.5 million since its release.
The fifth movie in the Mission Impossible series features Fawley Power Station, which was one of several British locations used to shoot action scenes. The complex was chosen as it includes a turbine hall that is big enough to house two ships the size of the QE2, as well as a control room in the shape of a circle, which has been said to resemble a flying saucer.
Filmmakers were at the site for an entire month, with actual filming taking place across six consecutive days. The location features in the movie for approximately eight minutes and includes a scene where Tom Cruise can be seen leaping from a crane into a whirlpool, with the help of special effects.
Tom Cruise is renowned for his spectacular stunts and this film is certainly no different, with the actor reported to have performed most of the stunts in this movie himself. The news of the Hollywood star being in the area caused a lot of excitement among those in Fawley, although it is thought that Tom Cruise did not venture into the village during his time in the area.
Those who have previously stayed in Hampshire luxury cottages may be able to recognise the area while watching the film, and those visiting in the future can head to the Jolly Sailor pub, where some of the crew were spotted.
Mission Impossible was inspired by the 1960s TV series, which starred Peter Graves and Leonard Nimoy. This particular film sees Tom Cruise’s character battle to defeat a sinister organisation known at the Syndicate.