When I put up the two film-based IMF logos, something dawned on me: the TV series they are based on need to be shown respect as well. Not only was it fair, but in this case, necessary, since the original Mission Impossible is the gold standard, and is the barometer to which it’s successive incarnations are measured against.
And so I set out on a mission that I chose to accept – recreate the logos from those series to the best of my abilities. This is my way of honoring the original series, when all of it began.
I also wanted to do this since there have been some criticisms of the film series breaking away from what the television series established. Whether you believe it’s one and the same universe, or an alternate timeline, I didn’t want to exclude the Classic Mission fans. They should have a choice of choosing which logo they wish.
Starting in 1966, in the midst of the spy thriller era, one television series focused on a team of highly skilled operatives that was tasked with taking on corrupt government officials, evil organizations, and crime syndicates. Most notably led by team leader Jim Phelps for all but the initial season of the show’s run, “Mission: Impossible” became one of the better known series of its time and ran for seven seasons.
Fifteen years later, the series was resurrected, with Phelps returning to lead a new team of IMF agents, although this series ran for only two seasons.
But Mission: Impossible was not forgotten. In 1996, a movie version of the series was released, and spawned two sequels, with a third to be released in December 2011.
As stated before, I recreated this logo based on the logo from the original 1966 television series. After grabbing a screen capture of the team selection portfolio, I selected some fonts that I felt best recreated the original logo. Also, I am aware that it was originally the Impossible Missions Force, but if you think about it, the extra “s” disrupts the flow of the IMF’s full name, so I dropped it.
Don’t worry: this shirt will NOT self-destruct in five seconds.