Composer Alan Silvestri Disavowed

The film’s director, Brian De Palma, expressed his total faith in Mr. Silvestri to several sources who worked on the film and evidently decided to leave the composer to his own devices as to his approach to scoring the film. After the spotting session, it appears that Silvestri had almost no contact with De Palma…

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Danny Elfman on Scoring Mission: Impossible

Danny Elfman came into the first MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movie late in the game, with only five weeks left to compose, orchestrate, and record more than an hour’s worth of symphonic music. Aware that Alan Silvestri’s score had been rejected by director Brian De Palma, Elfman accepted his own Mission Impossible and went on to compose…

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Hans Zimmer: Scoring M:i-2

It was at the end of April, almost a month before the film’s release, when composer Hans Zimmer most likely began to record his film score to the new Paramount summer blockbuster MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2. That being the case, it’s possible that Hans went creatively berserk with his band, jamming at lighting speed into the…

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Lalo Schifrin on Creating Mission: Impossible

It’s Monday May 8th in the early afternoon as I drive down Sunset Boulevard towards the east end of Beverly Hills. The weather is breathtaking and it’s the perfect spring day to visit composer Lalo Schifrin. I arrive one hour early in order to set up for the photo shoot. When you walk up the…

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Making it Rock: The Mission: Impossible Theme

Lalo Schifrin will always be the inventor of the famous MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE theme, but as the motion pictures were released, new musicians came on board to rearrange Lalo’s music into a song for the masses. In the first motion picture, directed by Brian De Palma, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton, the drummer and bass player…

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