Jumping off a motorbike at high speed as it hurtled down a 500-foot ramp in the air, Tom Cruise once again proves that nothing is a mission: impossible – even at the age of 58.
These dramatic scenes from the seventh installment of the blockbuster film franchise were filmed last week at a former Oxfordshire airbase where locals have become accustomed to the actor’s high-octane stunts.
Cruise arrived on the set in a black mask, but it was not long before he put that caution aside to roar down a 650-foot ramp.
Tom Cruise, 58, filmed dramatic stunt streak for the seventh installment of Mission: Impossible last week
A frontal view of the dramatic stunt that saw Cruise jumping off a motorcycle at high speed as she hurtled down a ramp 500 feet into the air
He then threw himself off the bike, but was prevented from collapsing to the ground by the safety wires attached to his back.
It was part of an estimated £ 2million stunt streak – one of the most expensive ever performed in Britain.
As if to underline the dangers, the set ignited earlier this month during tests by a stuntman, although luckily no one was injured.
In recent weeks, villagers have found their rural loneliness replaced by the sound of powerful cars, motorcycles and helicopters, including one carrying Cruise – before it leaps from it at 10,000 feet.
Martin Woods, who lives nearby, said: “There was never much going on here – and now Hollywood has arrived. “
However, like the self-destructive messages that give Cruise character Ethan Hunt his missions, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the actor has put a time limit on his stunts and will stop doing them at the age of 60. years.
Sources say he wants to finish filming the eighth and final, yet unknown, installment before reaching the milestone in July 2022.
“There’s no way Tom won’t do his trademark stunts for the last movie, but he doesn’t want to do it after 60, so he’s keen to get it all done before his big birthday,” an insider said. .
The actor, estimated at around £ 430million, has rested his aching body in a £ 30,000-a-week apartment near Harrods in Knightsbridge and plans to stay in the UK until the end of the latest Mission: Impossible movie. .
Cruise is pictured exiting the edge of the 650-foot ramp, as a drone films him in an estimated £ 2million stunt sequence – one of the most expensive ever made in Britain
The full span of the 650-foot ramp that Cruise accelerated to the film site in Oxfordshire
To stay in shape, he runs daily 5km runs in London’s parks and, to relax, he took advantage of visits to Soho Farmhouse, an exclusive members’ club in Oxfordshire, with his co-star Simon Pegg , who plays Benji Dunn.
Cruise also recently surprised members of the Richmond Golf Club by arriving for lunch with friends in a matte black £ 2.5million helicopter that carries him from a helipad in Battersea, southwest London.
A source said: “He’s using this helicopter like a train. He really enjoys the British countryside, as well as the parks of London.
“It’s hard to see him leave the UK at the end of all this filming. He really started to find himself at home here.
The Mission: Impossible films, based on the hit television series that ran between 1966 and 1973, began in 1996 and have so far grossed around £ 2.7 billion worldwide.
Among other stunts performed by the father of three, Cruise swung from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa building at 2,700 feet, hanging on the outside of a plane taking off and holding his breath underwater for six minutes .