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!