Paris: Mission: Impossible - Fallout Top 10 Locations

Infernal rhythm, serial stunts and global threat: Ethan Hunt makes Paris his playground in Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout in Paris

Mission: Impossible, these are action films full of stunts, threats and a hellish rhythm. Fallout has invited itself to Paris, and we’re discovering the capital in a completely different way. A bit like with the Paris guide of the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels in short.

1. Avenue de Saxe

Avenue de Saxe - Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Avenue de Saxe – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

In a chase with the police, Ethan (Tom Cruise) collided with a grey Peugeot 406 at this intersection and crashed his motorcycle. The sequence takes great liberties with Parisian geography since, after driving the wrong way around the Arc de Triomphe roundabout, Tom Cruise finds himself in the Rue de Téhéran, 1.5 km away, where, unlike in the film, the famous monument is not in perspective. Then, he then entered the Avenue of Saxony… Located 3 km away! After the accident, he escapes through a gigantic mouth where his accomplices are waiting for him by boat. Even though the actor performs his stunts himself, the stunt required a minimum of safety equipment including a crane to perform the famous glide.

Address: Avenue de Saxe, 75007 Paris

2. Gardens of the Palais-Royal

Gardens of the Palais-Royal - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Gardens of the Palais-Royal – Photo credit: Fantrippers

After a little treasure hunt, Ethan warns Isla Faust (Rebecca Fergusson) and begs her to abandon her mission. The scene takes place in these gardens where every Wednesday at noon, a fireman triggers the firing of the “small cannon”. Originally, this tradition was established from May to October by a watchmaker so that everyone could check the exact time of his watch, according to the position of the sun. For this, the man had invented a small cannon triggered by the sun: its rays were amplified by a magnifying glass in order to light a wick, thus setting off the charge and causing a detonation. The original cannon, installed in 1786, was stolen in 1998 and was replaced by a replica. Since 2011, it is no longer triggered by solar radiation but by an artificer.

Address: 6 rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris

3. Human Rights Square

Human Rights Square - Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Human Rights Square – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

At dawn, while the esplanade is deserted, August Walker (Henri Cavill) confides to the CIA director (Angela Bassett) that he suspects Ethan Hunt to be John Lark. The Human Rights Square has an extraordinary view of the Eiffel Tower. Created in the 1930s, it was so named in 1985 because it was at the Palais de Chaillot, just next door, that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on 10 December 1948. The United Nations General Assembly was holding its fifth session on the spot. Article 1, “Men are born and remain free and equal in rights” is engraved on a slab in the forecourt.

Address: 56 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre, 75016 Paris

4. Grand Palais

Grand Palais - Photo credit: Fantrippers
Grand Palais – Photo credit: Fantrippers

At a charity party at the Grand Palais, Ethan and August mingle with the guests to intercept the sale of plutonium that the White Widow (Vanessa Kirby) wants to make with John Lark. But Ethan pretends to be him and everything does not go as planned. The arrival of killers leads them to flee together to the Soubise hotel where the young woman lives.

Address: 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris

5. Garage of the BMW

Garage of the BMW - Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Garage of the BMW – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

During their mad chase to escape the police, the Mission Impossible team goes to this garage to escape in a green BMW. But when they open the doors, its members come face to face with a peacekeeper holding them at gunpoint. White Widow men arrive at the same time to arrest them and threaten to kill the policewoman. Ethan barely manages to save her. The garage is located just below the Bir-Hakeim Bridge, seen in Inception or Peur sur la ville.

Address: 20 Square Alboni, 75016 Paris

6. Rue François-Miron

Rue François Miron - Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Rue François Miron – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The Green BMW driven by Ethan makes a somewhat forced U-turn on the stairs at the corner of Rue François-Miron and Rue des Barres. Tom Cruise is famous for performing his stunts himself and some are far more impressive than others. For example, when he is suspended from a helicopter rope and then drops into the void about 10 metres below. This scene was made without any green background in order to integrate computer-generated images, as the actor felt that the scene would not have had the same impact. Originally, these stairs were not necessary, since the Butte was artificially built to allow the construction of buildings from number 2 to 14.

Address: 14 rue François Miron, 75004 Paris

7. Ministry of Economy and Finance

Ministry of Economy and Finance - Photo Wikimedia Commons by Arthur Weidmann
Ministry of Economy and Finance – Photo Wikimedia Commons by Arthur Weidmann

The arrival, under good escort, of the prisoner Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) is done by helicopter on the roof of the Ministry of Economy. The shooting of this scene almost never took place because of the bees! The heliport has not been in use for several years, but it is used to house beehives. These were moved to allow the cameras to be installed.

Address: 139 rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris

8. Rue de Valois

At the wheel of his green BMW, Ethan knocks down Isla Faust, who is chasing him on his motorcycle. The cameras had to be positioned in the passage of the rue de Valois to shoot part of the scene. The chase is a tribute, wanted by the director, to Claude Lelouch and mainly to his short film C’était un rendez-vous. This one unveils a high-speed crossing of the capital for eight minutes. Located at number 3, the Ministry of Culture is often nicknamed “rue de Valois” because of its location.

Address: 5 rue de Valois, 75001 Paris

9. Quai d’Austerlitz

Quai d'Austerlitz - Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Quai d’Austerlitz – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

During an ambush, Ethan and August dispatch the armoured truck carrying Solomon Lane into the Seine. This action takes place in front of Les Docks – Cité de la mode et du design. Easily identifiable with its neon green exterior structure, the Cité de la mode et du design has been installed in this building since 2008. The Playful Art Museum also occupies 1,200 m2 of the building. In particular, it hosted an exhibition on the heroes of DC Comics and Superman played by Henri Cavill.

Address: 56 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

10. Arc de triomphe

Pursued by the French police, Ethan passes in front of the Arc de Triomphe in an unusual way. Tom Cruise does something unprecedented and, of course, forbidden, by driving against the traffic on the famous Etoile traffic circle. The premises were privatized for two hours on a Sunday morning, very early for filming. A total of 70 vehicles, driven by professional stuntmen, were needed to perform this sequence. To add a little more complexity, it had to be done without a hitch, as the lead actor was not wearing any protection while driving at 180 km/h!

Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris

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The café of Amélie, the mansion of Untouchables, the jazz club of the finale of La La Land, the Hôtel du Nord of the mythical replica of Arletty “Atmosphere”, the cinema of A bout de souffle, the restaurant of Ratatouille, the quays of the Seine of Midnight in Paris, the secret places of the Da Vinci Code, the grocery store of January in La Traversée de Paris , the Bridge of Inception and Peur sur la ville, the addresses of the spectacular scenes of Mission Impossible 6, but also series Call my agent, Gears, Le Bureau des légendes, Sense8, Sex and The City, Gossip Girl…

Etienne Daho’s Café de Flore, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s hotel in Nas in Paris, Serge Gainsbourg’s Poinçonneur des Lilas metro station, Serge Reggiani and Marc Lavoine’s Mirabeau Bridge, Mc Solaar’s Lyon station…

The places evoked in the comics Adèle Blanc-Sec, Largo Winch, Blake and Mortimer, Michel Vaillant…

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By Damien Duarte

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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