This is the “your mission” scene from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

I know that the Tom Cruise character is named Ethan, not Jim, but I watched the old Mission Impossible TV series when I was a kid in the ’60’s and ’70’s and in my mind I always hear the voice saying, “Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it…” When Tom Cruise started making Mission Impossible movies they changed it to, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…” They just took out the name rather than change it.

But when I was 8 or 9 years old this was one of the coolest parts of the show. The line was repeated near the beginning of every episode. And at the end of the recorded message the voice always said: “This message will self destruct in five seconds.” And then smoke would come out of the tape recorder or it would explode or something. So it’s pretty funny when Ethan walks away from the telephone and then stops because he didn’t hear it self-destruct.

I haven’t seen Ghost Protocol yet but I’m looking forward to it. It looks like Simon Pegg is going to make a great choice as sidekick/technical guy, and I’m looking forward to seeing Anil Kapoor from Slumdog Millionaire again. And of course there’s that classic song.

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to penetrate the highly secured archive inside the Kremlin and retrieve Cobalt’s file before he can destroy it. New intel suggests Cobalt is already enroute, leaving you four hours, fifty-two minutes to infiltrate. To save time, we’ve chosen your team for you: agents Carter and Dunn. As always, should you or any member of your team be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This message will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Ethan.

to penetrate something= go through a barrier to get inside

Antarctica’s Lake Vostok, which has been sealed off from the world for 14 million years, is about to be penetrated by a Russian drill bit.

an archive= a place where information is stored; a library

The complete archive of The New York Times can now be searched from — more than 13 million articles total.

some intel= a short version of ‘intelligence’ meaning some knowledge or some information

Spies will infiltrate enemy territory to gather intel.

to infiltrate= go into the other side in a conflict

Opponents of the fiscally conservative tea party movement say they plan to infiltrate and dismantle the political group by trying to make its members appear to be racist, homophobic and moronic.

to disavow something= say that you don’t know anything about it

A group of scientists and anti-asbestos campaigners are demanding the prestigious Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada disavow pro-asbestos statements made by a former foundation fellow, Baljit Chadha.


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