The “Mission: Impossible” movie franchise starring Tom Cruise contains plenty of eye-popping stunts that feature BMW vehicles and the latest installment is no exception. Thanks to some assistance from BMW, “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” is stuffed with white-knuckle scenes starring vehicles like a modified R nineT Scrambler motorcycle, the classic 1986 E28 5 Series and the new F90 M5.
“The support we’ve had from BMW was absolutely amazing,” said director Christopher McQuarrie. “The help that they gave us has been really incredible.”
Even at age 56, Cruise still does many of his own stunts and BMW’s help allowed him to pull off several gripping sequences throughout the movie. “They knew what we were trying to accomplish and they wanted to be a part of it, and I’m very grateful to them,” Cruise said.
In one scene, Cruise drives the modified R nineT Scrambler bike through Paris against traffic at 100 mph, eventually smashing it into a car and flying through the air (yet somehow surviving). To give Cruise more stunt freedom, the movie’s vehicle supervisors amped up the bike’s power, gave it stickier tires and turned off some of the electronic safety equipment. “I love the motorcycle things — the guys do an amazing job with these bikes,” said Cruise.
Cruise had the opportunity to drive the classic E28 M Series as part of that same chase sequence, and he got behind the wheel of the new M5 as well. “Tom tortured the M5,” said Wade Eastwood, second unit director and stunt coordinator. “We jumped curbs in it, we drifted it … it was indestructible.”
McQuarrie found the stunt scenes exhilarating. “Speeding through Paris at 100 mph with Tom Cruise at the wheel is pretty spectacular,” he said.
Not all of the movie’s BMW stunts involved Cruise. In one scene, the series’ computer whiz character played by Simon Pegg remotely controls the new M5.
Overall, the nonstop BMW action in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” reaches new heights and raises an important question for Cruise and his production partners: How can they possibly top it next time? The answer is likely to be a thrilling one.
This article is presented by New Century BMW Motorcycles in Alhambra, California.