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Old March 28 2010, 10:42 PM   #1
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Why did Leonard Nimoy left Mission Lmpossible?

Leonard Nimoy only did 49 episodes from 1969-1971 after the 3rd year and finial year of Star Trek was canceled. Does any one know why he didn't continue to do more episodes? He only did seasons 4 &5 of Mission Imposible. He played the part of Paris.
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Old March 29 2010, 12:19 AM   #2
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Re: Why did Leonard Nimoy left Mission Lmpossible?

According to the book The Mission Impossible Dossier, he grew bored with the role in its second year and felt he had nowhere to go with it. Part of the problem was Year 5 was a pretty crowded year for the series as they'd added Sam Elliot and Lesley Warren to the show and as a result Nimoy felt he had less to do. Paraphrasing Nimoy being quoted in the book, he said he felt he'd done what he'd set out to do and felt he was just "cashing in" by staying put.

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Old March 29 2010, 05:13 AM   #3
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Re: Why did Leonard Nimoy left Mission Lmpossible?

Mission has also changed producers 3 times and was changing from what he had signed on for into a run of the mill cop show.
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Old March 29 2010, 01:34 PM   #4
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Mission has also changed producers 3 times and was changing from what he had signed on for into a run of the mill cop show.
Yeah, as I recall he'd signed up assuming that Bruce Geller, the show's creator, would still be involved, but then Geller was basically ousted and new people were brought in. Although often listed as the longest-running American spy series (before 24 came along) and the only one of the classic 1960s era to survive well into the 1970s, in truth of fact it ceased to be a full out spy series around the time Nimoy left and became more an IMF vs. the Mob type of show.

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Old March 29 2010, 02:43 PM   #5
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Re: Why did Leonard Nimoy left Mission Lmpossible?

As I said once, Mission: Impossible went on WAY TOO LONG, so much so that the show lost it's primary villains in the Eastern Bloc. They should have ended in 1970, or found better villains in the form of a technological cartel similar to A.I.M., SPECTRE, or THRUSH that they would fight. Either that, or some terrorists similar to the KKK, The Bader-Meinhof Gang, RAF (Red Army Faction), or if they wanted to go after a criminal cartel, something similar to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. Imagine Nimoy disguised as an outlaw biker, bringing down something like the Hells!

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Old March 29 2010, 09:10 PM   #6
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Re: Why did Leonard Nimoy left Mission Lmpossible?

He was recalled by the Vulcan Embassy.
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Old March 29 2010, 10:23 PM   #7
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Re: Why did Leonard Nimoy left Mission Lmpossible?

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According to the book The Mission Impossible Dossier, he grew bored with the role in its second year and felt he had nowhere to go with it. Part of the problem was Year 5 was a pretty crowded year for the series as they'd added Sam Elliot and Lesley Warren to the show and as a result Nimoy felt he had less to do. Paraphrasing Nimoy being quoted in the book, he said he felt he'd done what he'd set out to do and felt he was just "cashing in" by staying put.

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That is basically what he said in I Am Spock. He felt that he was treading water and basically had explored the character to his fullest.
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Old March 29 2010, 11:41 PM   #8
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Re: Why did Leonard Nimoy left Mission Lmpossible?

Sam Elliot was on Mission Impossible?
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Old March 29 2010, 11:45 PM   #9
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As I said once, Mission: Impossible went on WAY TOO LONG, so much so that the show lost it's primary villains in the Eastern Bloc.
How so? There was still plenty of East-West tension and espionage in the '70s and '80s; the USSR and the Warsaw Pact didn't begin to unravel until about '89. That would've been during the time of the M:I revival series, but not the original. There were certainly plenty of spy movies and shows well into the '80s. Especially during the Reagan era, when tensions were particularly high (Reagan even going so far as to call the Soviet Union an "evil empire" and joke about bombing Moscow).

A while back I was discussing M:I on another board, and one poster suggested that events in the early '70s such as Vietnam and Watergate undermined Americans' trust in their government, so a premise about American spies conducting devious, often illegal ultrasecret missions against foreign governments -- many of which were essentially indirect assassinations -- wasn't as palatable to viewers as it had been in the early years of the series. Hence the reorientation toward a more domestic focus.


they should have ended in 1970, or found better villains in the form of a technological cartel similar to A.I.M., SPECTRE, or THRUSH that they would fight.
I've often thought it would be cool if they occasionally came up against an enemy equivalent of the IMF, a recurring foreign team employing the same tactics.
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Old March 30 2010, 05:39 AM   #10
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Re: Why did Leonard Nimoy left Mission Lmpossible?

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Sam Elliot was on Mission Impossible?
Very briefly and forgettable.
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Old March 30 2010, 01:14 PM   #11
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Sam Elliot was on Mission Impossible?
Very briefly and forgettable.
He played a doctor who was a recurring team member in, I believe, the fifth season. They were thinking of phasing out Peter Lupus (Willy, the strongman of the team) and intended Elliott's character Doug to be his replacement, but audiences wanted Willy back so they were both intermittent members of the team for the last half or so of the season.

And the young Sam Elliott looked strikingly like Scott Bakula.
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Old March 30 2010, 05:29 PM   #12
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Sam Elliot was on Mission Impossible?
Very briefly and forgettable.
Sam Elliott, forgettable? Now THAT'S impossible!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old March 31 2010, 01:38 AM   #13
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Sam Elliot was on Mission Impossible?
Very briefly and forgettable.
Sam Elliott, forgettable? Now THAT'S impossible!!!!!!!!!!!!
Man, all these decades and I never made the connection!!!!
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Old March 31 2010, 12:30 PM   #14
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Re: Why did Leonard Nimoy left Mission Lmpossible?

Nimoy actually had a cool name for his character: Paris.

I may give my son that name: Paris Kirk...

Waitaminute....there is a 'Paris' Hilton isn't there....?


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Old March 31 2010, 02:41 PM   #15
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Re: Why did Leonard Nimoy left Mission Lmpossible?

I'm paraphrasing Leonard's comments from the aforementioned Mission: Impossible Dossier-

In the period of time after Mission, Nimoy did some small-scale stage work, appeared in a small budget film, and pursued his love of photography. He considered that time after M:I some of the best-spent time of his career and considered it fulfilling. He was glad to have the money he earned on M:I so he could do those things, but it was more important to try other satisfying projects after the five-year grind of a TV show, as he went from three years on Star Trek to two years on Mission: Impossible--and with characters named "Jim" as his boss in both shows...
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