HE’S spent much of the Mission Impossible movie franchise evading being captured and banged up – and I can reveal Tom Cruise has done it again.
After a raft of delays and challenges caused by the coronavirus lockdown, the actor touched down in the UK on Sunday night before filming restarts.
But in a manoeuvre Ethan Hunt would be proud of, I’m told he managed to touch down at Biggin Hill airport outside London just hours before the Government’s new quarantine rules took effect yesterday.
The sharp move, alongside his entourage, means he can head back to the blockbuster’s new set at an abandoned RAF base in rural Oxfordshire.
A source tells me: “It’s no accident Tom arrived on Sunday night — they didn’t want their leading man locked away on his own for 14 days.
“There have already been so many delays to the film and everyone is keen to get it up and running at the first possible second — so slipping in before the quarantine rules came in on Monday made sense.
“Hopefully it will mean the film can get back on track and finished without any more delays.”
After touching down, I’m told Tom raced straight off by car following the 11-hour flight from Clearwater, Florida, to a stunning rented pad in the capital — and will use a helicopter to dart back and forth to the set during filming breaks.
The seventh instalment in the hugely successful franchise was one of the first to be hit by delays caused by Covid-19, when its Venice film set was shut by the Italian government.
Last week I told how bosses had created a makeshift village to keep cast and crew safe, with the team living and working together in quarantine while shooting.
And I’m told the team has taken over the abandoned RAF site in Oxfordshire to build the short-term film location, which is being kitted out with VIP Winnebago trailers fit for the A-list cast that also includes Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson.
The arrangement will allow them to rattle through a host of scenes while living in the bizarre bubble — to make sure none of the stars or crew pick up coronavirus.
Tom is a fan of filming in London, having also spent time there last year while working on the follow-up to classic action flick Top Gun.
He regularly visits Scientology’s UK headquarters in East Grinstead, West Sussex, where he has been known to stay at a house on the complex.
A source added: “If Tom has to stay in Britain a bit longer, that won’t bother him at all.
“He knows it well…