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Status: Deceased
Role: Ally
Age: 63 (2011)
Date of birth: c. 1948
Birthplace: United States
Date of death: 2011
Place of death: Moscow, Russia
Cause of death: Shot by Anatoly Sidorov
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png
Residence(s): United States
Alias(es): IMF Secretary
Affiliation: Impossible Mission Force
Profession: Intelligence secretary
Expertise: High intelligence
Played by: Tom Wilkinson
First appearance: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Last appearance: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
First mentioned: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Last mentioned: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

The IMF Secretary, was a minor, but pivotal protagonist in the 2011 global blockbuster film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and a mentioned character in its sequel, the 2015 film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

He was an unnamed individual leading the ultra-secret independent espionage agency, Impossible Mission Force until his assassination. He was succeeded by Alan Hunley.


At a rendezvous point, Ethan Hunt is found by the IMF and picked up in an SUV. While being transported, the spy is briefed by the Secretary and his Chief Analyst, William Brandt. The Secretary is bound for Washington to turn in his resignation, after the blame for the Kremlin bombing was firmly planted on the IMF. However, after Ethan describes Cobalt's facial features, he is identified by Brandt as a Swedish-born Russian nuclear strategist and fired professor of physics at Stockholm University named Kurt Hendricks. The deranged physicist is accompanied by his right-hand man, a known operative named Marius Wistrom. Now implicated by the Russians in a global terrorist plot, the White House had disavowed the entire ultra-secret agency, by initiating a dreaded black-ops contingency measure called "Ghost Protocol." It meant "no satellite, safe house, support, or extraction." Although Ethan could be returned to Washington to be punished as a "rogue extremist" by the DOD, he would be allowed to escape from government custody - to operate and track down Cobalt on his own. If caught or killed, any member of his team would be branded as terrorists. Then, the Secretary gives Ethan a flash drive containing all his mission details. Suddenly, the SUV is hit by gunfire from Russian security forces loyal to Anatoly Sidorov and his partner, and both the IMF Secretary and driver are killed before the vehicle crashed into the icy water below. Ethan then uses the Secretary's body and a rocket to deceive the vigilance of the Russians as he escapes with Brandt.

Behind the Scenes

The IMF Secretary was portrayed by uncredited British actor Tom Wilkinson in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.


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