The Impossible Missions Force (IMF) is a fictional independent espionage agency commonly employed by the United States government. It was introduced in the 1966-73 television series Mission: Impossible, and later in the revival series that ran from 1988 to 1990. Beginning in 1996, the IMF has been featured in three theatrical films starring Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible II, and Mission: Impossible III with "Missions" dropping the letter S.
In the television series, thanks largely to the involvements of William Read Woodfield and Allan Balter as writers, story editors and producers, the IMF operates primarily by executing confidence trick on its mission targets, sometimes with the aid of high-tech gadget. The agents are able to deceive their targets into cooperating with them without detecting a set-up until the mission is accomplished; by that time, the IMF personnel have already vanished from the scene.
As depicted in the original series, IMF agents were mostly part-time operatives who kept regular day jobs. Regulars included Rollin Hand (Martin Landau), a performer billed as "The Man Of A Million Faces"; Cinnamon Carter (Barbara Bain), a fashion model and cover girl; Barnard "Barney" Collier (Greg Morris), a technological genius who owned his own electronics company; and William "Willy" Armitage (Peter Lupus), a bodybuilder known as "The World's Strongest Man". Later regulars included Leonard Nimoy as stage magician The Great Paris, Lesley Warren as Dana Lambert and Lynda Day George as Casey. Other occasional members included specialized experts such as doctors, lawyers, circus acrobats, and even entire repertory companies. The only "full-time" member identified was the team leader. In the first season of the original series, this is Daniel Briggs, played by Steven Hill; starting in the second season and continuing into the revival series, the team leader is James Phelps.
All team members displayed skill in social engineering and misdirection, improvisational acting, hand-to-hand combat, sleight of hand, and fluency in multiple languages.
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