Mission Impossible TV Opening (1966-1973)

I’ve stated way back in one of my first Game Reviews for the site how much I loved the 1980s TV series Mission: Impossible, that love for the show became an obsession when I got my hands on some of the 1966 episodes on VHS…and I picked up more than a few of the Laserdisc collections about 6 six years after that.

Airing in September of 1966 until March of 1973 on the CBS Network and featuring for the first couple of episodes, Dan Briggs (Steven Hill, until disputes caused him to be let go), was replaced by Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) who went on to lead the IMF team even in the revival series starting in 1988 and lasted until 1990.

Let’s take a moment and talk about that Impossible Missions Force Team, I mean just look at this list of actors who helped overthrow enemy spies, tyrants, and madmen:

Steven Hill (1966–1967)
Peter Graves (1967–1973)
Barbara Bain (1966–1969)
Martin Landau (1966–1969)
Greg Morris (1966-1973)
Peter Lupus (1966–1973)
Leonard Nimoy (1969–1971)
Lesley Anne Warren (1970-71)
Lynda Day George (1971–1973)
Sam Elliott (1970–1971)

Now my favorite members of the team had to be Landau, Morris, and Nimoy. Landau played the role of Rollin Hand who was an actor, magician, make-up artist, as well as being a master of escape. Greg Morris’s character was Barnard “Barney” Collier and his talents were that of electronic genius and mechanics, he also owned Collier Electronics. Greg’s real-life son Phil Morris was cast in the second generation series that aired on the ABC Network in the 80s, Phil played Grant Collier who was of course the son of Barnard. Leonard Nimoy played…wait for it…”The Great Paris” who had exactly the same skills as Rollin Hand since he was his replacement.

I dare you not to start making action poses as soon as you see these intros…I double dog dare ya!

Thankfully the original Mission Impossible series is available on Netflix Instant if you so happen to have some time on your hands and want to watch some incredible episodes from and an Impossibly great TV series.

A big tip of the hat to Kraal77 and fwohhp for uploading those intros over on YouTube!

James Arness 1923-2011

Friends, dim the lights a little in your living room because we’ve learned that TV Legend, James Arness, passed away yesterday.

How awesome must it have been to have your very first episode be introduced by John Wayne? A huge thanks to the Gunsmoke channel over on YouTube for this treat!

Now the first time I ever saw James Arness was as the titular alien ‘carrot’ being, the Thing From Another World!

James Arness was 88 years old, surviving his brother Peter Graves by 15 months. Arness played the role of Marshal Matt Dillion from 1955 to 1975 and even though his friend, John Wayne, suggested him for the part he almost didn’t take it. As his career in motion pictures was gaining steam he was worried that the only TV westerns to crack the top market were the Lone Ranger and the Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, it didn’t seem like a path he wanted to travel, buy Wayne convinced him to change his mind and agreed to introduce the first episode.