These theme song features are few and far between, but they’re a nice way to change things around. Mind you, this isn’t the first post of its type, as it follows Mark Snow’s Materia Primoris (The X Files theme) and Clint Mansell’s Lux Aeterna (the score for Requiem for a Dream).
Most people know about Mission Impossible because of the 4 feature length movies starring Tom Cruise. That said, the idea for the films is based on an American television series which ran from 1966 to 1973.
The original theme was composed by Lalo Schifrin in 5/4 time, a rather unusual choice about which the Argentinean pianist and conductor is quoted as saying : “things are in 2/4 or 4/4 because people dance with two legs. I did it for people from outer space who have five legs”. The theme was reworked in 1996, in 4/4 time, by Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton of U2. The latter is the version most people are aware of.
Below, you’ll find the original and the reworked one, for comparison’s sake :
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