Tom Cruise films aerial stunt for Mission Impossible 5 at East Anglia RAF base
Tom Cruise has filmed an aerial stunt for Mission: Impossible 5 at an RAF base in East Anglia in the UK. The action franchise is now well known for daring physical stunt work, with Cruise scaling Dubai’s Burj Khalifa for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in 2011.
Cruise shot his latest stunt at Royal Air Force Wittering near Peterborough in central England, and was filmed dangling from the open doorway of a military transport aircraft at an altitude of 5,000 ft. A stabilised aerial camera rig was mounted on a rail beneath the aircraft’s wing.
Shooting on Mission: Impossible 5 has been ongoing for several months from a base at Leavesden Studios near London, a move that takes advantage of the UK’s generous filming tax credit. Cruise was also based at Leavesden for his sci-fi drama Edge of Tomorrow.
The new Mission: Impossible movie has already visited Vienna (above) for stunt work that focussed on the historic Vienna State Opera, in a short shoot that nonetheless required a year of planning. Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie then shifted to Morocco for several weeks, where a central highway was closed for extensive car chase sequences.
The new Mission: Impossible movie has already visited Vienna for stunt work that focussed on the historic Vienna State Opera.
Cruise prides himself on performing much of his own stunt work and a centrepiece sequence in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in Dubai was arranged through a far-reaching deal with Emirati authorities.
Dubai doesn’t offer a formal filming incentive but instead negotiates deals on a case-by-case basis. Cruise and his team were reportedly given production support in the city equivalent to a financial rebate of some 30% of their local spending.
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(Image: Vienna Film Commission)
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