The first full trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, released earlier today, suggests that the fifth instalment to the evergreen franchise is going to build upon the exhilarating action and frenetic energy of its most recent predecessors. Yes, Tom Cruise is beginning to look his age, but his consistently wise director choices (which has previously led to the hiring of J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird to oversee Mission: Impossibles 3 and 4, respectively) means that the series has continued to grow in an intriguing fashion. But not only has the ensemble been perfectly rounded out with the additions of Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg, but bolder and more death-defying stunts continue to be the cornerstone of the franchise’s popularity.

Each new films array of increasingly audacious action scenes means that the bar continues to be raised for each additional instalment, though. And looking back at Mission: Impossible’s impressive collection of action scenes from its past proves that Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation will have to go a long way to topple them. But which sequences are really the best of the best? Read on to find out!

6. Mission: Impossible: Shark Tank
A fan of the 1960s television series, Tom Cruise always planned to make Mission: Impossible a big, showy action film that looked as though it had cost an incredible amount of money to make. In order to do that, the film needed set-pieces that would showcase just how ambitious it was. Luckily, 1996’s Mission: Impossible is full of them.

One of the film’s unique and most enthralling blockbuster action moments comes after several members of Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) IMF team have been killed in Prague. After meeting with IMF director Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny) in a glass-walled restaurant, Hunt is accused of being a mole. But he manages to escape after creating one hell of a distraction: blowing up a huge lobster tank with an explosive piece of chewing gum. Cruise began a legacy of doing stunts himself after director Brian De Palma insisted the sequence didn’t work with a stuntman, and De Palma increased tension through his various use of dutch angles. And Danny Elfman’s score is deliciously uneasy too.

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