So with the Mission Impossible locations in Prague in the bag I now bring you the ones used in London though in reality I actually did them a few days before I even went to the Czech Republic! Having met up with Richard Richard in London between Christmas and New Year I had a bit of time to kill before returning to my parents house so went in search of a couple of locations. This certainly wasn’t an impossible mission (do you see what I’ve done there?!) as they were very easy to find.
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) meets up with Jim Phelps (Jon Voight), who he had presumed was dead (having fallen off Charles Bridge in Prague), by a row of telephones under the stairs (below) by the Liverpool Street Railway station exit. Since filming took place in 1995 the phones have been replaced by cashpoint machines following a makeover of the station.
Across the road from the railway station is Liverpool Street Underground station (below). The London safe house where Hunt and Pilot Franz Krieger (Jean Reno) hole up is above the exit.
The interior of County Hall (below left), next to the London Eye, became the ‘Langley, Virginia CIA Headquarters.
The final London location to feature is the Anchor Tavern pub (above) at 1 Bankside by Southwark Bridge which is where Ethan Hunt unwinds in the films final moments.
The 1996 re-make of the TV series was mainly set in Prague and London and I certainly wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to scout out the filming locations while I was in the former. Once I’d done a couple of Casino Royale spots I found myself at Hotel Europa at Vaclavske namesti 25 which was the headquarters of mysterious arms dealer Max.
A bit further down the same road and just past Wenceslas Square is the National Museum; the ‘American Embassy’ where the teams first operation commences as they infiltrate some fancy reception.
Liechtenstein Palace is just a stones throw from Kampa Park (as featured in ‘The Bourne Identity’ and mentioned in ‘Prague Pt II’) and was not where I thought it was. I’d actually given up on finding it but on my descend from Prague Castle I found it by chance. It was actually this place that provided the exterior shots of the ‘American Embassy’ as the real embassy was no doubt deemed to not be glitzy enough for the movie.
Undoubtedly the city’s (and indeed the films) major attraction is the world heritage Charles Bridge which connects the Old Town with Prague Castle. It’s here that things really go wrong with controller Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) plunging into the Vltava having taken a bullet on the bridge. This famous bridge was also used music video’s by Linkin Park (Numb) and Kanye West (Diamonds From Sierra Leone) as well as 2002’s XxX. It’s here that Vin Diesel comes up with an out-of-this-world stunt to save the bridge and the city of Prague from a deadly bomb though his movie career sunk without much trace!
London Pt III: Mission Impossible Filming Locations can be seen here.