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PICTURED: Moment fire breaks out on Mission: Impossible 7's £2m set after stuntman's bike explodes

Mission: Impossible 7 has been plunged into further chaos after a fire broke out on its £2 million set.

Production on the highly-anticipated film has already been delayed by months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

And on Tuesday, a stuntman’s bike caught fire after jumping from a ramp, damaging the set, leaving star Tom Cruise ‘very frustrated’ about potential further delays.

Dangerous: Mission: Impossible 7 has been plunged into further chaos after a fire broke out on its £2 million set

Dangerous: Mission: Impossible 7 has been plunged into further chaos after a fire broke out on its £2 million set

Plumes of black smoke were seen from the blaze which broke out when the bike landed on pillows filled with cardboard.

Tom Cruise, 58, is believed to have been working with a parachute for a quarry ‘snow scene’ at the time of the blaze, which was attended by Oxfordshire Fire Service.

A source told The Sun the stuntman was supposed to land on large pillows which had been filled with card to soften the impact while his bike would crash close by. 

Scary: Plumes of black smoke were seen from the blaze which broke out when the bike landed on pillows filled with cardboard

Scary: Plumes of black smoke were seen from the blaze which broke out when the bike landed on pillows filled with cardboard

Expensive: The stuntman was supposed to land on large pillows which had been filled with card to soften the impact

Expensive: The stuntman was supposed to land on large pillows which had been filled with card to soften the impact

Emergency: Oxfordshire Fire Service attended the scene after the blaze broke out on the film's set

Emergency: Oxfordshire Fire Service attended the scene after the blaze broke out on the film’s set

High flyer: Snaps show a stuntman hanging from a wire in the air after he separated from the bike

High flyer: Snaps show a stuntman hanging from a wire in the air after he separated from the bike

Big project: Tom Cruise, 58, is believed to have been working with a parachute for a quarry 'snow scene' at the time of the blaze

Big project: Tom Cruise, 58, is believed to have been working with a parachute for a quarry ‘snow scene’ at the time of the blaze

High octane drama: The stuntman's bike caught fire after jumping from a ramp, damaging the set

High octane drama: The stuntman’s bike caught fire after jumping from a ramp, damaging the set

Raced to the scene: Firefighters were on hand to control the fire which broke out in Oxfordshire

Raced to the scene: Firefighters were on hand to control the fire which broke out in Oxfordshire

Blaze: The set had taken six weeks to build but the stunt did not go according to plan, causing damage

Blaze: The set had taken six weeks to build but the stunt did not go according to plan, causing damage

However despite ‘six weeks’ of planning, things didn’t go to plan and the motorbike hit the cushions sparking a fire.

They said: ‘This has been a massive challenge to stage and has cost a fortune, not to mention weeks and weeks of construction.   

‘Unfortunately, it was miscalculated. The heat and the friction of the tyres meant that when the bike crashed, the cardboard padding sparked and went up in flames.  

Chaos: Despite 'six weeks' of planning, things didn't go to plan and the motorbike hit the cushions sparking a fire

Chaos: Despite ‘six weeks’ of planning, things didn’t go to plan and the motorbike hit the cushions sparking a fire

Hiatus: Filming for the seventh instalment of the franchise kicked off again last month after it had to pause because of coronavirus

Hiatus: Filming for the seventh instalment of the franchise kicked off again last month after it had to pause because of coronavirus

Risky: A number of fire engines were spotted in the rural film set to control the blaze which broke out

Risky: A number of fire engines were spotted in the rural film set to control the blaze which broke out

Lucky escape: Tom, who often likes to perform many of his own stunts, did not take part in this dangerous action sequence

Lucky escape: Tom, who often likes to perform many of his own stunts, did not take part in this dangerous action sequence

Secrets from the set: It appears that the highly anticipated film will feature an action scene in the snow

Secrets from the set: It appears that the highly anticipated film will feature an action scene in the snow

Under control: Firefighters were quickly on the scene to manage the outbreak but not before it had caused damage

Under control: Firefighters were quickly on the scene to manage the outbreak but not before it had caused damage

Hanging in the air: The stuntman jumped off a ramp on the bike before separating from the vehicle

Hanging in the air: The stuntman jumped off a ramp on the bike before separating from the vehicle

Drama: Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has promised at least three ‘obscene’ stunts as the franchise continues, admitting that even he’s ‘terrified’ of his own plans

Drama: Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has promised at least three ‘obscene’ stunts as the franchise continues, admitting that even he’s ‘terrified’ of his own plans

Preparing: Tom has been practising his stunts during lockdown, and has been seen racing around dirt tracks on a motocross bike and piloting a helicopter

Preparing: Tom has been practising his stunts during lockdown, and has been seen racing around dirt tracks on a motocross bike and piloting a helicopter

Always on the edge: Tom broke his ankle while filming a stunt for the last Mission: Impossible movie in London three years ago

Always on the edge: Tom broke his ankle while filming a stunt for the last Mission: Impossible movie in London three years ago

On the move: At the end of August filming for Mission: Impossible 7 is due to move to Norway, where it is thought that Tom will be 'exempt from quarantine rules'

On the move: At the end of August filming for Mission: Impossible 7 is due to move to Norway, where it is thought that Tom will be ‘exempt from quarantine rules’

Action man: Tom recently threw himself out of a helicopter 10,000ft over the over the Oxfordshire countryside for another scene

Action man: Tom recently threw himself out of a helicopter 10,000ft over the over the Oxfordshire countryside for another scene

Back on track: Production for the next instalment started again last month after a long hiatus

Back on track: Production for the next instalment started again last month after a long hiatus

Annoyed: A source said Tom was 'very frustrated' with the potential further delay to filming

Annoyed: A source said Tom was ‘very frustrated’ with the potential further delay to filming

‘Fortunately, nobody was hurt but it’s a total catastrophe, not to mention extremely expensive for all concerned. Tom is very frustrated. Nobody wants more delays.’

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Tom Cruise and the Mission: Impossible film for a comment. 

Filming for the seventh instalment of the franchise kicked off again last month after it had to pause because of coronavirus.  

Tom, who famously likes to perform his own stunts but was not involved in Tuesday’s motorbike scene, recently threw himself out of a helicopter 10,000ft over the over the Oxfordshire countryside for another scene.

In action: Tom is known for doing his own stunts but it is not thought that he was involved in the one which went wrong on Tuesday (pictured in Mission: Impossible - Fallout in 2018)

In action: Tom is known for doing his own stunts but it is not thought that he was involved in the one which went wrong on Tuesday (pictured in Mission: Impossible – Fallout in 2018)








Mission: Impossible 7’s delays

The action film has been besieged by problems since the project started in January last year. 

Filming began in February this year in Venice but it only lasted for a few weeks before the coronavirus pandemic escalated in Italy, forcing production to be halted.

The team decided to move to Surrey, England, to continue filming but that didn’t last either as the virus quickly took hold in the UK.

The film’s production was forced to go into hiatus, with the cast and crew even asking the Government for special exemptions to resume filming.

They were eventually allowed to continue in July, picking up in Oxfordshire.

But in the interim, one of the film’s main stars Nicholas Hoult was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, and was replaced by Esai Morales. 

It was also revealed that director Christopher McQuarrie wanted to blow up a 111-year-old bridge in Poland, sparking protests among locals and train enthusiasts.

Petitions were sent to the Polish government and the crew had to say they never intended to demolish the bridge, only its unsafe parts.

This week’s fire at the set in Oxfordshire is the latest in many incidents affecting the blockbuster.

Two of the other cast members joined him in the skydive after filming on Mission: Impossible 7 resumed following a Covid shutdown.

Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has promised at least three ‘obscene’ stunts as the franchise continues, admitting that even he’s ‘terrified’ of his own plans. 

Tom has been practising his stunts during lockdown, and has been seen racing around dirt tracks on a motocross bike and piloting a helicopter.

The actor broke his ankle while filming a stunt for the last Mission: Impossible movie in London three years ago, but that hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm for daredevil action.

He later recalled how he sustained the injury when his foot hit a wall during a heart-stopping rooftop chase involving co-star Henry Cavill.  

‘I knew instantly my ankle was broken,’ he said. ‘But I really didn’t want to do it again so just got up and carried on with the take.

‘[After the shot] I said “It’s broken, that’s a wrap, take me to hospital”, and everyone got on the phone and made their vacation arrangement.’

Tom– who is planning to shoot a future movie on board the International Space Station – personally lobbied Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden for permission to allow shooting to restart on Mission: Impossible 7, despite the coronavirus crisis, but with a reduced crew. It is now due for release in November next year.

While last month it was revealed that director McQuarrie wanted to blow up a 111-year-old bridge in Poland as part of the shoot, much to the consternation of locals.

At the end of August filming for Mission: Impossible 7 is due to move to Norway, where it is thought that Tom will be ‘exempt from quarantine rules’.

The actor revealed how ‘excited’ he was to start shooting the latest instalment of the franchise in a phone call with Norway’s Minister of Culture Abid Raja.

Adjustments: After delays from coronavirus, Tom discussed filming logistics with British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, who confirmed filmmakers will be exempt from certain quarantine rules on a video chat. It is also believed that the actor will be exempt in Norway

Adjustments: After delays from coronavirus, Tom discussed filming logistics with British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, who confirmed filmmakers will be exempt from certain quarantine rules on a video chat. It is also believed that the actor will be exempt in Norway








Speaking about his return to filming in Norway, Tom said: ‘It’s a gorgeous country, I can’t wait to get back there. I’m very excited, as is the whole crew, about coming back.’ 

During the call, the minister told how Norway is ‘looking forward to having [Tom] back’ and claimed how the Hollywood star and crew are allowed to shoot in the country without having to quarantine at home first, Norwegian publication VG reported.  

However cast and crew will have to pass two tests for coronavirus within 48 hours of landing in Norway and a series of daily rigorous health checks will be on place. 








The set are expected to declare they are healthy, temperature checks will be completed and a mobile coronavirus test lab will be installed with medics on site, according to VG. 

The plan is for Tom to arrive in Norway at the end of August with the crew set to start arriving in the latter part of the month, according to the minister. 

Norway has provided the backdrop for the famous scene in Mission: Impossible – Fallout where Ethan Hunt hangs off the edge of Pulpit Rock known as Preikestolen. 

The epic scene shows Ethan scaling the cliff face which boasts a 604-metre drop into the Lysefjorden. 

Upcoming: The films focus on agent Ethan Hunt, played by Tom, and will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie (pictured in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 2011)

Upcoming: The films focus on agent Ethan Hunt, played by Tom, and will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie (pictured in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 2011)

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