Mission: Impossible
(1966 — 1973 / 1988 — 1990)
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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
60 Minute Drama
Action / Adventure

ORIGINAL TRANSMISSION
1966 — 1973
1988 — 1990

BROADCASTER
CBS (1966 — 1973)
ABC (1988 — 1990)

SEASONS / EPISODES
7 Seasons / 171 Episodes
2 Seasons / 35 Episodes
3 Movies

With possibly one of the most famous theme tunes in television history, Mission: Impossible first hit television screens in 1966 with Steven Hill in the lead role of Dan Briggs — leader of the IMF (Impossible Missions Force).

The second season saw the introduction of Peter Graves as Jim Phelps after problems arose with Steven Hill. This completed the classic line-up with Phelps being ably assisted in the missions by Rollin Hand (Martin Landau), Cinnamon Carter (Barbara Bain), Barney Collier (Greg Morris) and Willy Armitage (Peter Lupus).

The series ran for seven seasons and made a TV comeback in the late 1980s with a two-season television revival, once again starring Peter Graves.

More recently, a series of high budget movies starring Tom Cruise have enjoyed enormous box office success, with a fourth on the way.
Movie Novelisations
Mission: Impossible — The Movie

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by Peter Barsocchini
  • United States
  • Paperback
  • Pocket Books
  • 1996
Other Editions
Flag of Germany Mission: Impossible
Germany / Paperback / Bastei-Lübbe / 1996
Novelised Movie
Mission: Impossible
Back Cover Blurb
CIA Special Agent Ethan Hawk and his highly skilled IMPOSSIBLE MISSION FORCE specialize in perilous last-chance assignments. An expert of intrigue and a master of disguise, Ethan has never failed to bring a case to a successful close. Until now.

Their latest operation — to retrieve a top-secret list of undercover American agents in Europe — is moving along smoothly when something goes terribly wrong, and the secret government list vanishes. In a final, brutal twist, Ethan himself is accused of betraying his country.

From the misty streets of Prague to the windswept field of Midwest America, Ethan Hunt's new challenge, whether or not he decides to accept it, is to unmask the real traitor and stay alive long enough to clear his name. Using all the arsenals in his possession, from high-tech toys to wits alone, he must chase down his unknown nemesis in a desperate attempt to overcome this unexpected and most deadly MISSION: IMPOSSBLE.
Original Novels
Mission: Impossible

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by John Tiger
  • United States
  • Paperback
  • Popular Library
  • 1967
Back Cover Blurb
THE IMPOSSIBLE MISSIONS FORCE...
is headed by a silent man named Dan Briggs. With his seductive partner, Cinnamon Carter, he takes on the espionage jobs too dangerous and difficult for any other agency to handle. This time, in two Nazi masters of evil, he meets more than is match...

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
"Exciting" — Cleveland Amory in TV Guide
"Fast-Paced" — New York Times
"Just about the best...of the year" — Life
Mission: Impossible — Code Name: Judas

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by Max Walker
  • United States
  • Paperback
  • Popular Library
  • 1968
  • Book Number: #2
Back Cover Blurb
Jim Phelps is ruggedly handsome. Cinnamon Carter is coolly beautiful. They make an attractive pair — the Madison Avenue image of sophisticated lovers. They are something else: crucial members of a top-secret espionage team which takes on assignments too dangerous for other agencies to touch.

This time the IM Force accepts its wildest challenge: find a corpse with a world-destroying secret — and bring him back alive.
Mission: Impossible — Code Name: Rapier

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by Max Walker
  • United States
  • Paperback
  • Popular Library
  • 1968
  • Book Number: #3
Back Cover Blurb
Jim Phelps is tough — as befits the most expert spy master in the business. His team of agents (including the beautiful temptress Cinnamon Carter) is just as tough. Together they form the Impossible Missions Force, a super-secret organization which tackles assignments too lethal for other agencies.

This time, the group confronts its most bizarre challenge: destroy themselves.
Mission: Impossible — Code Name: Little Ivan

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by John Tiger
  • United States
  • Paperback
  • Popular Library
  • 1969
  • Book Number: #4
Back Cover Blurb
Jim Phelps, tough and fearless; Cinnamon Carter, daring and sexy; Barney Collier, master technician — the perfect espionage team — are faced with an indestructible opponent.

His name is Little Ivan, his home is East Germany, his description is indestructible — he is a monster tank made of a new metal which might well be the Communists' greatest defensive weapon.

This time the IM Force attempts the most impossible caper of all: kidnap Little Ivan.
Mission: Impossible — The Priceless Particle

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by Talmage Powell
  • United States
  • Hardback
  • Whitman
  • 1969
Mission: Impossible — The Money Explosion

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by Talmage Powell
  • United States
  • Hardback
  • Whitman
  • 1970