Best spy series: 'Mission: Impossible' or 'James Bond'? | The Tylt
The "Mission: Impossible" and "007" franchises are espionage gifts that keep on giving. The "Mission: Impossible" franchise grossed over $3.5 billion globally at the box office, upon the early release of "Fallout." With the sixth installment, some argue the series surpasses "007." But let's not forget that the "Mission: Impossible" and "Bourne" franchises wouldn't exist without James Bond. Has "Mission: Impossible" topped "007"?
Best spy series: 'Mission: Impossible' or 'James Bond'?
With the release of "Fallout," some film buffs and critics called the "MI" franchise better than the "007" series of films—especially when comparing the critical and commercial success. Kayleigh Donaldson wrote for Screenrant:
With the release of Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Ethan Hunt’s has finally completed his mission to overtake James Bond as the best spy series in Hollywood.
Yet the Mission: Impossible series has done that and become as much a critical darling as a commercial one. To date, the first five films in the series have grossed a total of $2.7bn worldwide. From the second film onward, the aggregate scores for the film's critical response on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic have increased with each addition to the franchise. Currently, Fallout sits at 98% on the Tomatometer. As of the writing of this piece, Fallout is projected to gross around $135m in its opening weekend. Clearly, audiences are on board for more Ethan Hunt. Indeed, he may soon overtake another major movie spy in the popular consciousness. Both franchises have changed a lot through their respective lifespans, but in the battle of the franchises, Mission: Impossible may very well have overtaken James Bond.
But as Tim George puts it on the Den of Geek, the "007" franchise paved the way—defining a whole genre.
Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.