Tom Cruise pulls off epic mountain motorbike stunt for 'Mission: Impossible 7'

Ben Arnold
·Contributor
·2 mins read

Cameras are now rolling again on Mission: Impossible 7, and to celebrate, Tom Cruise has driven a motorbike off the edge of a cliff.

We all recall Cruise hanging from a mountain by his fingernails and clinging on to the side of a plane in past movies.

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But this giant ramp, built on the edge of the Helsetkopen mountain in Stranda, Norway, is something new and uniquely terrifying, even for those with a head for heights.

(Credit: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix via AP)
(Credit: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix via AP)

Norwegian news site NRK has nabbed actual video footage of Cruise performing the stunt, speeding off the ramp, while a plane and helicopter fly overhead.

As the motorbike hurtles towards the ground, Cruise deploys a parachute to bring him safely to the ground.

Tom Cruise during a parachute jump down the mountain Helsetkopen near to Hellesylt, Norway (Credit: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix via AP)
Tom Cruise during a parachute jump down the mountain Helsetkopen near to Hellesylt, Norway (Credit: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix via AP)

Locals watched the stunt take place from the valley floor, with Cruise waving to the spectators as he landed safely.

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According to reports, the production had to wait for several days for the weather conditions to be just right for the stunt.

Earlier this year, McQuarrie revealed that there are three 'obscene' stunts being planned for the movie, with this surely being one of them.

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He told the Empire podcast: “We’ve figured out three obscene things that he’s doing that I’m terrified of, that make the (Mission: Impossible - Fallout) helicopter chase look like tinker toys.”

(Credit: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix via AP)
(Credit: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix via AP)

The movie had to close down production in Venice in late February, one of the first major movies to do so, following the outbreak of coronavirus.

Currently, the movie is slated for release on 19 November, 2021, having been shunted back from 23 July.