|Mission: Impossible - Season 3
||9/29/68 - 4/20/69
|No. of Episodes
Season 3 was the critical and commercial peak for Mission: Impossible. The cast remained intact, with Martin Landau signing another one year contract, but it was a tumultuous season behind the camera. Producer Joseph Gantman, who had won two Emmys for Outstanding Dramatic Series left after Season 2, citing the long hours. The writing team of William Read Woodfield and Allan Balter replaced Gantman as producers, which didn't sit well with some people. Both were excellent writers, but many felt they lacked the management skills to be producers, and either way, their stint as producers ended only a third of the way through the season, storming off the set after spectacular row (complete with name-calling and the threat of fisticuffs) with executive producer and creator Bruce Geller. Their departure meant a new producer was needed, and since they wrote many of the scripts, new writers were needed as well. Writer Robert E. Thompson stepped up as producer for two episodes before handing the show off to Stan Kallis, who was a producer by trade. Despite the drama behind the camera, the show's ratings were excellent, peaking at #8 in the ratings before finishing the year at #11.
All this came at a cost, however, running at a loss of $830,000 (approximately $5.3 million in 2013 dollars) to Paramount. Desperate to reign in costs, Paramount sent in executive Douglas S. Cramer, who had to contend with Bruce Geller, who was very headstrong about the look and feel of the show. Although the show was losing money, Geller believed, correctly, that the show would end up in the black in the long run due to syndication and licensing.
Season 3 would prove to the be the last for Martin Landau and his wife Barbara Bain. When it became time for Landau to sign another contract, Paramount offered to give him a $500 a week raise to $7000 a week, which would pay him the same amount as Peter Graves, but Landau demanded $11,000 a week. Not only was this an absurd amount of money, but even if Paramount was willing to pay it, and they weren't, a clause in Peter Graves' contract stated that no other cast member could be paid more than him, so it would've been paying BOTH actors at least that much. CBS, who had been able to ignore Paramount budget woes since they paid a flat rate for each episode, enjoyed the excellent ratings too much to stand by and watch Landau leave, offered to help Paramount meet Landau's fee. Douglas S. Cramer, who was appalled that an actor on one of his shows was able to go year to year, insisted that Landau also sign a five-year contract as well, which Landau was unwilling to do even before the management upheavals. Landau also refused a deal that would gradually phase him out of the show throughout the next season. Unable to reach an agreement, Landau walked away. The show was able to hire Leonard Nimoy, right across the Paramount lot and fresh from the recently canceled Star Trek for exactly the same amount of money they had offered Landau.
As for Barbara Bain, she left despite having two years left on her contract on the grounds that certain contractually obligated amenities had not been delivered.
Since Season 4 was already well into production by the time it was announced she wasn't returning, the show was unable to cast a permanent replacement, so the Season 4 only had four regulars and the female parts were spread out between various guest stars.
Like Dan Briggs, Rollin Hand and Cinnamon Carter were never seen, heard of, or even mentioned on the show ever again, with their ultimate fates unresolved. Director J.J. Abrams contacted Martin Landau about a Rollin Hand cameo for Mission: Impossible III, but Landau decided against it, partly because he wasn't happy with how the movies treated the original characters (horribly) and partly because he wanted fans to remember Rollin Hand as the young man he was. Barbara Bain did appear as Cinnamon Carter one more time, but in an episode of Diagnosis Murder in 1997. The episode "Discards" (S05E10) not only featured Bain, but also other actors from TV spy series like Patrick Macnee (The Avengers,) Robert Culp (I Spy,) Robert Vaughn (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,) and Phil Morris (the 1988 revival of Mission: Impossible,) although Bain was the only one to play her original character.
As for the Landaus, they reunited onscreen again in 1975 for the cult science fiction series Space: 1999, and one final time (inexplicably) in The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island in 1981 before divorcing in 1993. Bain continued mainly working in television with a guest spot here or there. Landau fell into a bit of a slump in the early eighties (starring in the movie where the cast of Gilligan's Island meets the Harlem Globetrotters, for example) before getting nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Francis Ford Coppola's Tucker: The Man and His Dream in 1989 and another the very next year for his work in Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors. He finally won in 1995 for his work in Tim Burton's Ed Wood and continued to work regularly, picking up another two Emmy nominations before passing away in 2017 at the age of 89.
When award season came along, every regular was nominated for an acting award except for Peter Lupus, but once again, only Barbara Bain walked away with any hardware, her third win in as many years. Her record for consecutive and total Emmys would not be broken until the 1980's by Tyne Daly.
The following weapons were used in Season 3 of the television series Mission: Impossible (1966):
The M1911A1 is another weapon seen in the series.
World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP.
Jim Phelps (Peter Graves
) and Cinnamon Carter (Barbara Bain
) how they can surreptitiously swap magazines in "The Mercenaries" (S03E04). Note the crimped magazine, indicating this might be a 9mm model. This episode perpetuates the myth that an automatic pistol can seamlessly switch from cycling blanks to live ammo.
Jim Phelps switches out the mags in Krim's M1911A1 in "The Mercenaries" (S03E04). The blanks on top look an awful lot like live rounds.
Colonel Hans Krim (Pernell Roberts
) holds an M1911A1 in "The Mercenaries" (S3E04).
Smith & Wesson Model 10
Snub-nosed Smith & Wesson Model 10s are seen throughout the season.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 snub nose revolver - .38 Special. Early Model
Jim Phelps takes out his S&W 10 snub in "The Contender: Part 1" (S3E02). Note the six shot cylinder.
Jim with his S&W 10 snub in "The Contender: Part 1" (S3E02).
"Big Man" (Alex Sharp
) holds a S&W 10 on a disguised Jim Phelps in "The Execution" (S3E05).
Sammy Gilbert (Walter Mathews
) with a S&W 10 in "The Freeze" (S3E11). Although it's not very clear, the notches on the cylinder indicates that the cylinder on this revolver rotates counterclockwise, indicating it is a Smith & Wesson.
Jim Phelps grabs David Singleton's (Milt Kogan
) dropped S&W 10 in "The Freeze" (S3E11). Here, the Smith & Wesson-style cylinder release can be clearly seen.
One of Johnny Costa's (James Patterson) henchmen (uncredited, left) with a S&W 10 in "The System" (S03E15). The one on the right has a Detective Special.
Willy holds a S&W 10 to Costa's head in "The System" (S03E15). Rollin takes Costa's Detective Special.
In a continuity error, Rollin's DS later turns into a S&W 10 in "The System" (S03E15).
Colt Detective Special
Like the first two seasons, the Colt Detective Special is seen throughout the season.
Colt Detective Special 1st Gen .38 Special
Vince (Thomas A. Geas
) with his DS in "The Contender: Part 1" (S3E02).
A closeup of Vince's DS in "The Contender: Part 1" (S3E02).
Vince with his suppressed DS in "The Contender: Part 2" (S3E03).
Vince fires his suppressed DS in "The Contender: Part 2" (S3E03).
One of Frank Layton's (Warren Stevens
) guards with a DS in "The Bargain" (S3E10).
Sammy Gilbert and Raymond Barret (Donnelly Rhodes
) struggle for Gilbert's DS in "The Freeze" (S3E11). This is a continuity error, since Gilbert had a S&W 10 earlier.
One of Johnny Costa's (James Patterson) henchmen (uncredited, right) with a DS in "The System" (S03E15). The one on the left has a S&W 10.
Rollin takes Costa's Detective Special in "The System" (S03E15). Willy holds a S&W 10 to Costa's head.
Like the first two seasons, the Beretta M1934 is seen throughout the season.
Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP. On the slide are reported the year of production (in this case 1941) and in roman numerals the year fascist
Major Maria Felder (Barbara Babcock
) pulls an M1934 out of her habit in "The Cardinal" (S3E06).
Grigor (Sid Haig
) holds an M1934 on Jim Phelps in "The Diplomat" (S3E08). He later hands this pistol to Roger Toland (Fernando Lamas
Colonel Valentin Yetkoff (Alfred Ryder
) with his M1934 in "The Diplomat" (S3E08).
Vincent (Joseph Breen
) with a concealed M1934 in "The Mind of Stefan Miklos" (S03E13).
Stefan Miklos' (Steve Ihnat
) M1934 with a small suppressor in "The Mind of Stefan Miklos" (S03E13).
Razoff (Dal Jenkins
) with his backup gun, an M1934 in "Nicole" (S03E22). It appears he only had one round loaded.
Nicole Vedette (Joan Collins
) with a Beretta M1934 in "Nicole" (S03E22). This is continuity error, as earlier it was a Colt Pocket Hammerless. Anton Valdas (Logan Ramsey
) later takes this pistol away from her.
Emil Skarbeck (Fritz Weaver
) with his M1934 in "Illusion" (S03E24).
"Agent Dietrich Werner" (Gunnar Hellström
) with his M1934 in "The Interrogator" (S03E25).
Colt Official Police
Colt Official Police revolvers are seen throughout the season.
Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
General Ernesto Neyron (Albert Paulsen
) fires his Official Police in "The Bargain" (S03E10).
Guards (implied to be East German) carry Luger P08s as sidearms in "The Exchange" (S03E12).
Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is blank adapted movie gun.
A guard (uncredited) pulls his Luger on Jim right before Rollin knocks him out in "The Exchange" (S03E12).
Another guard (also uncredited) holds his Luger on Cinnamon (Barbara Bain
) in "The Exchange" (S03E12).
The Astra 400 is a frequent handgun used by the IM Force and various characters.
Internal security officers with Astra 400's in "The Heir Apparent" (S03E01).
Jim Phelps and Willy Armitage with Astra 400's in "The Test Case" (S03E14).
Dr. Oswald Beck (David Hurst
) with an Astra 400 in "The Test Case" (S03E14).
Lieutenant Marlov (Laurence Haddon
) chambers a round in his Astra 400 in "The Test Case" (S03E14).
Maj. Nicholas Zelinko (Lloyd Bochner
) draws his Astra 400 in "The Glass Cage" (S03E16).
Marko (Sid Haig
) aims his Astra 400 in "Doomsday" (S03E17).
Colonel Helmut Kellerman (Anthony Zerbe
) fires the Astra 400 in "Live Bait" (S3E18).
Kellerman holds up his Astra 400, showing the heel-mounted magazine release in "Live Bait" (S3E18).
Lieutenant Albert Brocke (Martin Sheen
) holds the Astra 400 in "Live Bait" (S3E18).
Colonel Ziegler (David Sheiner
) fires his Astra 400 at phantom attackers in "The Bunker: Part 1" (S03E17).
"Rollin" racks the slide on his Astra 400, ejecting a "live" round in "The Bunker: Part 2" (S03E20).
Willy and Rollin, armed with Astra 400s and disguised as Karakian soldiers, capture Aristo Skora (Mark Lenard
) in "Nitro" (S03E21). This scene was shot at Pasadena City Hall, which was used often throughout the series to portray foreign locations. Younger viewers may recognize Pasadena City Hall as Pawnee City Hall from Parks and Recreation
Jim and Rollin with Astra 400's in "Nicole" (S03E22).
An unconscious guard (Ray Martel) in "The Vault" (S03E23).
Foreign guards are sometimes armed with Walther P38s.
Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
A guard returns fire on phantom attackers in "The Bunker: Part 1" (S03E17).
A guard tries to stop "Rollin" in "The Bunker: Part 2" (S03E18).
Guards unload their P38s for Jim in "Nicole" (S03E22). He remembers to order them to clear their chambers.
Otto (Horst Ebersberg) with his P38 in "Illusion" (S03E24). He seems to be anticipating the imminent blow from Jim Phelps. Jim subsequently picks up the P38.
Colt Model 1903/1908
Nicole Vedette (Joan Collins) is armed with a Colt Model 1903/1908 in "Nicole" (S03E22). This is most likely a rubber copy, since it's later used to pistol-whip a guard.
Colt 1903 Hammerless with Colt Wood Grips - .32 ACP
Nicole with her Colt in "Nicole" (S03E22). (Someone at Desilu/Paramount casting must've been absolutely infatuated with Joan Collins, as she was able to win the hearts of both James T. Kirk and Jim Phelps on their respective Desilu/Paramount shows.)
Barney and Rollin are both armed with unidentifiable revolvers when disguised as police officers in "The Execution" (S03E05). It's too dark and they are seen too briefly to make a proper ID.
Barney as an officer in "The Execution" (S3E05).
PPSh-41 submachine guns are seen throughout the season.
Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Major January Gruner (Skip Homeier
) handles a PPSh-41
before handing it to Colonel Krim in "The Mercenaries" (S3E04). He describes it as a "Skoda 67." Note that the barrel appears to be filled in.
A UCR guard levels his PPSh-41 in "The Play" (S03E09). (It was never revealed what "UCR" was short for.)
A guard with his PPSh in "The Exchange" (S03E12). Once again, the barrel is filled in.
The Madsen M50 is seen throughout the season, often in the hands of foreign police officers and military personnel. Many of them are non-firing replicas. The replicas do not have bolt actuators on top of the receiver, and have bare metal shoulder stocks, whereas all the real M50's have the leather cover on the shoulder stock.
M50s in the hands of two guards(uncredited and Charlie Picerni
) talking to a disguised Jim Phelps in "The Elixir" (S3E07).
Colonel Strom (John Vernon
) fires an M50 in "The Exchange" (S3E12).
Two guards with their M50s in "The Test Case" (S3E14). These appear to be replicas.
A guard with his M50 in "The Glass Cage" (S3E16). This appears to be a replica as well.
A guard returns fire on phantom attackers in "The Bunker: Part 1" (S03E17). Note the crude sticker covering up the emblem on his helmet.
A disguised Rollin with his freshly fired M50 in "Nicole" (S03E22).
Barney next to a rack of M50s in "The Vault" (S03E23). These appear to be replicas.
A closeup of an M50 replica in "The Interrogator" (S03E25). It appears to be made with pot metal, with simple screws holding it in place.
A prison guard is armed with a M1928A1 Thompson in "The Glass Cage" (S03E16). This appears to be footage reused from Season 1's "Memory" (S01E02).
M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine .45 ACP
. This episode also reused footage from "The Carriers" (S01E10).
Remington 870 shotguns are seen throughout the season.
Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Victor Pietro Duchell (Luke Askew
) assembles his Remington 870 with a home-made rifle grenade in "The Execution" (S3E05).
An over-the-shoulder shot of Duchell aiming his Remington 870 in "The Execution" (S3E05).
Winchester Model 1897
Winchester Model 1897 shotguns are seen throughout the season.
Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 Gauge
Barney, Willy and Rollin with their shotguns in "The Execution" (S3E05).
Willy with his shotgun in "The System" (S3E15).
Willy with his shotgun in "The System" (S3E15).
Beretta BM59 (mocked up as M14)
Soldiers are seen carrying what appear to be a Beretta BM59 rifle fitted with flash hiders that makes the rifles resemble an M14 in "The Mercenaries" (S3E04).
Beretta BM-59 Civilian Model - 7.62x51mm
Corporal Stohlman (William Lucking
) and another guard (uncredited) with their faux M14's in "The Mercenaries" (S3E04).
Jim Phelps drops a crate of BM59's in front of Sergeant Gorte (Vic Tayback
) in "The Mercenaries" (S03E04).
The mercenary on the left (uncredited) with the faux M14 in "The Mercenaries" (S3E04).
Willy stands guard with the faux M14 in "The Mercenaries" (S3E04).
Guards (implied to be West German) are armed with Sturmgewehr 44s in "The Exchange" (S03E12).
Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm.
Major Mecklin's (Curt Lowens
) guards with Stg 44s in "The Exchange" (S3E12).
The guards take cover in "The Exchange" (S3E12).
Karakian soldiers are seen armed with Karabiner 98k rifles, both with bent and straight bolt handles, in "Nitro" (S03E21). Many wartime K98ks were fitted with straight handled bolts when they were reconditioned.
Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Karakian guards with K98k's in "Nitro" (S03E21). This appears to be a reuse
of footage from the episode "Memory" from Season 1
A guard fires his K98k in "Nitro" (S03E21). This was not reused footage.
A guard with his K98k in "Nicole" (S03E22).
Nicole with the guard's K98k in "Nicole" (S03E22).
A Colt MG38, a commercial copy of the Browning M1917, is mounted on a Karakian vehicle in "Nitro" (S03E21).
Colt version of the Browning M1917 water-cooled machine gun - .30-06
The mounted MG38 in "Nitro" (S03E21). Note the spade grips, unique to the MG38 series.
The mounted MG38 in "Nitro" (S03E21).
Colonel Hans Krim (Pernell Roberts) keeps a display of firearms in his office in "The Mercenaries" (S3E04). Several crates of firearms are also seen in the episode.
Colonel Hans Krim (Pernell Roberts
) keeps a rack of firearms in his office in "The Mercenaries" (S3E04).
Another shot of the wall-mounted gun rack in "The Mercenaries" (S03E04).
Phelps, posing as a gun runner, shows off his wares in "The Mercenaries" (S03E04).
Jim Phelps fires what appears to be a cap gun or starter pistol to demonstrate one of Barney's gadgets in "The Play" (S03E09).
Phelps pulls out the gun in "The Play" (S03E09).
Phelps fires the cap gun next to Rollin's head in "The Play" (S03E09). Note the monochromatic color scheme, which was kept for every mission planning scene in the team leader's apartment. (Both of whom, apparently, share the same decorator.)
Helmut Kellerman has a weapons collection in his office, including a few flintlock pistols.
Some flintlocks behind Kellerman in "Live Bait" (S3E18).