Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Filming Locations: Post-Pandemic Globetrotting

Article by Jane

July 10th, 2023

Don’t miss Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Park One filming locations like Venice’s canals, the Vittoriano, Spanish Steps and via Milano in Rome, Helsetkopen in Norway, Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Building, the Liwa Desert, West Yorkshire Steam Railway, and Darlton Quarry in Derbyshire.

Let’s take a virtual tour of the globetrotting action movie’s locations, from heritage railways to the sand dunes of the UAE.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) are back, along with former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson).

This time, they join forces with the shady Grace (Hayley Atwell), Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Esai Morales, Vanessa Kirby, Pom Klementieff, and Henry Czerny.

Along with the Director of National Intelligence, Denlinger (Cary Elwes), and Impossible Mission Force director Henry Czerny, they’re facing up to Gabriel (Esai Morales), Paris (Pom Klementieff) and Jasper Briggs (Shea Whigham). Add arms dealer Alanna Mitsopolis (Vanessa Kirby) to the mix, and the movie is set for explosive stunts, double-crossing and of course, globetrotting.

Where Was Mission: Impossible 7 Filmed?

Walking across square
Mission: Impossible 7 was filmed in Abu Dhabi, Venice, Rome, Western Norway, West Yorkshire, the Peak District and Surrey. The world premiere took place in the Mission Impossible 7 filming location of Rome on 19th June 2023. Driving force Tom Cruise, director Chris MacQuarrie and the cast turned out on the city’s Spanish Steps for the event – over three years after production began in Italy in February 2020.

As Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One filming began in Venice in February 2020, the first cases of coronavirus were detected in Italy. By the end of the month, production had halted. The film’s provisional July 2021 release date would eventually be pushed back by two years.

But thanks to some enterprising solutions, the cameras were rolling again within months. To get location shoots up and running post-lockdown, the production company behind Mission: Impossible 7 chartered two Hurtigruten cruise ships.

With the cast and crew forming their own onboard community, they were able to film without making contact with anyone outside the group. And so, they cut their risks of production grinding to a halt (while giving a helping hand to the cruise ship industry).

Here are the Mission: Impossible 7 filming locations.

Mission: Impossible 7 Filming Locations


Il Redentore Il Redentore, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
You can’t mistake the canals of Venice, a key Mission: Impossible 7 filming location. The movie’s Venetian sequences make the most of the setting. Tom Cruise famously performs his own stunts, and this time round that meant leaping from one water taxi to another as they sail down a canal.

Production on Dead Reckoning Part One may have been brought to an abrupt halt in February 2020, but the team were quick to pick up where they left off. By October 2020, Ethan Hunt was back in Venice.

Roman Streets

Via PanispernaVia Panisperna. Ruthven, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
Mission: Impossible 7’s Rome scenes were filmed on location in the city’s via Milano, Via Panisperna, via Urbana, via Cavour, and via Nazionale. Italy’s la Repubblica reported on filming in and around the Monti district in October 2020, when the production took over the city centre for several days.

Via Nazionale connects Piazza della Repubblica and the 29-platform Termini Train Station with the heart of the city. It leads towards the historic site of the Forum, and the Piazza Veneziana.

The Piazza

Piazza VeneziaPiazza Venezia. Zavijavah, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Look out for the Piazza Venezia – it’s the Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One piazza filming location. And you can’t miss its grandest landmark. The Mission: Impossible 7 piazza is home to Vittoriano, or the Victor Emmanuel II Monument, a grand white building surrounded by colonnades.

Local media spotted filming taking place in this prime location, and fans were given a glimpse of the Vittoriano in the movie trailer too.

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps Spanish Steps. Mike McBey, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
One of the Mission: Impossible 7 car chase stunts was filmed on Rome’s Spanish Steps. In the sequence, the car zooms down the iconic Roman location – and the scene of the movie’s premiere. The 18th Century stairs lead down to the Piazza di Spagna below, stacking up a total of 135 steps along the way.

Airport Terminal

The airport terminal location in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Building. Etihad Airways take fans behind-the-scenes on YouTube, revealing the cast walking through the terminal building. It also reveals the context behind the terminal’s rooftop – its waving shape draws on the sand dunes that surround it.

We’ve seen plenty of filming locations that make use of a disused building, usually between tenants of before redevelopment. Well, Mission: Impossible 7 was filmed before the first travellers set foot in the terminal. Tom Cruise and co filmed at the Abu Dhabi airport location before it was even completed.

The Plane

Mission: Impossible 7’s plane scenes were filmed on an Etihad 787 Dreamliner. The plane appears courtesy of Etihad Airways, the official airline sponsor for the 2023 Tom Cruise movie.

Desert Landscape

Liwa Desert Liwa Desert. ShiluGeo1PU, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
The desert location in M:I 7 is Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Desert, where Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie took Ethan Hunt’s team out of the world’s cities and into the salt flats and sand dunes.

Charging Horses

Look out for the salt flats in the shots of horses charging across the desert landscape. Abu Dhabi’s Rub' al Khali translates as the Empty Quarter – and it’s the world’s largest uninterrupted expanse of sand.

Arabian Village

As reported in Arabian Business, the Mission: Impossible 7 Arabian village location is in the Liwa Desert section of the Empty Quarter. But you can’t track down the exact village seen in Dead Reckoning Part One. It was custom built for the production.

“The desert is beautiful, and those sequences are just epic. What we do is look at the geography and ask what story it’s going to tell, and the desert has a romantic quality that looks amazing on screen.”
Tom Cruise

Railway Bridge

Darlton Quarry Alan Heardman / Stoney Middleton - Darlton Quarry
The railway bridge location is Darlton Quarry in Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire, where the production team built the bridge specially for the sequence. Darlton is a limestone quarry in the Peak District. When it’s not appearing as a Mission: Impossible filming location this Derbyshire quarry is popular with climbers.

In April 2021, Darlton was transformed into a European gorge complete with a 330m railway line and bridge extending over the quarry. But another section of the railway sequence is very real – and visitors can ride a steam train across the same tracks!

Railway Line

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’s railway location is the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Look out for the heritage railway line that runs through Pickering in the movie. The cast and crew were spotted in the area back in April 2021, with Tom Cruise making his trademark arrival by helicopter.

The high-speed sequence actually takes the replica steam engine to 40 miles per hour, which may sound modest by rail standards. But heritage lines are restricted to 25 mph, meaning the Mission: Impossible 7 railway sequence was overseen by the Office of Rail and Road.

Austrian Alps

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’s Austria scenes were filmed in Norway’s Møre og Romsdal area. The Mission: Impossible location was used for yet another set of bold stunts – this time, parachuting over one of Western Norway’s mountain ranges.

But that’s not all. The Norwegian location also hosted a daring motorbike stunt in M:I 7. The ramp the motorbike launches from in the film really was perched at the top of Helsetkopen.

The county is known for its dramatic fjords, mountains and glaciers – as well as its picturesque towns. In fact, Møre og Romsdal’s largest town, Alesund, was once voted the most beautiful town in Norway!

UK Studios

As well as Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One filming locations in Norway, the UAE, Venice, Rome, Yorkshire and Derbyshire, studio filming took place in Watford and Surrey. Scenes for Ethan Hunt’s 7th cinematic outing were filmed in late 2020 at Leavesden (the home of Warner Bros), before relocating to Longcross Studios in early 2021.

The former Ministry of Defence base at Longcross has turned into a popular studio space. It’s hosted MCU projects like Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. And it’s also been used for Kenneth Branagh’s Poirot movies Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile.