Mission: Impossible movies, all five of them (yes! five! The latest one opens in cinemas July 30), developed a reputation for having exotic and mind-blowing filming locations all over the world since the very first Mission: Impossible back in 1996. The films know no boundaries as it takes its action wherever the plot unfolds… be it on top of a moving train or hanging off the highest building in the world.

Ethan Hunt scales the Burj Khalifa with adhesive gloves in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol Photo credit: hollywoodreporter.com

Ethan Hunt scales the Burj Khalifa with adhesive gloves in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (Photo credit: hollywoodreporter.com)

Here’s a look at the top five scenes shot at the most breathtaking locations in the world.

5. Ballochmyle Viaduct (Mission: Impossible, 1996)
The Ballochmyle Viaduct is the highest extant railway viaduct in Britain. It is 169 feet (52 m) high, and carries the railway over the River Ayr in East Ayrshire.

This is the scene in which Jean Reno, Jon Voigt and Tom Cruise battle on the roof of a TGV advanced electric train. The fight heats up as we see the train pass over the Ballochmyle Viaduct.

4. Dead Horse Point, Utah (Mission: Impossible 2, 2000)
Dead Horse Point is a state park of Utah in the United States, featuring a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park.

This early scene from Mission: Impossible 2 has Ethan Hunt hanging off a rock cliff  Dead Horse Point without any wires to save him if he slips. Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt has audiences in awe as he climbs the rocks with his bare hands. At the top he gets the glass which shows him his mission.

3. Xitang, China (Mission: Impossible 3, 2006)
Xitang is an ancient scenic town in ZheJiang Province in China. This ancient water town is famous for its cobbled streets, old buildings, bridges arching over canals and rowing boats.

Ethan Hunt lands up in China in an attempt to recover the elusive Rabbit’s Foot. There, Ethan finds himself on Interpol’s most wanted list after being set up and is on the run through the busy streets of Xitang.

2. Burj Kalifa, Dubai (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, 2011)
Soaring 828 meters above the metropolis of Dubai, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building.


This scene is the much-talked about Burj Khalifa scene, in which Ethan Hunt scales twenty floors of the world’s tallest building with nothing but a prototype pair of adhesive gloves. Although Cruise appears to be free-climbing in the movie, with the help of special gloves, in reality, he was securely attached to the Burj Khalifa at all times by multiple cables.

1. Vienna State Opera House (Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, 2015)
The Vienna State Opera is an opera house is located in the centre of Vienna, Austria. This beautiful opera house is considered one of the most important in the world; in particular, it is the house with the largest repertoire.

Tom Cruise was seen filming an action sequence for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation along with his co-star Rebecca Ferguson on the roof of the Vienna State Opera House.

Tom Cruise rehearsing his stunt on the top of the Vienna State Opera House Photo credit: Philly.com

Tom Cruise rehearsing his stunt on the top of the Vienna State Opera House (Photo credit: Philly.com)

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is the fifth in the series of Mission: Impossible films. Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate—an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Ethan Hunt in a high speed chase, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Photo credit: GV.com.sg

Ethan Hunt in a high speed chase, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (Photo credit: Paramount Pictures)

I’m looking forward to seeing that breath taking scene shot at the Vienna State Opera House, along with many more awesome locations when Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation hits the cinemas on July 30!

Sources: www.wikipedia.org, IMDb.com