|Name:||William Alexander Brandt|
|Date of birth:||c. 1972|
|Affiliation:||Impossible Mission Force
Great physical strength
Great driving skills
|Played by:||Jeremy Renner|
|First appearance:||Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol|
|Last appearance:||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation|
William Alexander Brandt (born January 7, 1972) is one of the main protagonists in the 2011 film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and in the 2015 film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Brandt was assigned by the IMF to protect Ethan Hunt and his wife Julia in Croatia. After his team failed to do this and Julia was allegedly killed, Brandt asked to be removed from field duty, because he couldn't handle another life or death situation like that. Brandt then became Chief Analyst to the Secretary of the IMF. He became a field agent again after a new mission with Ethan Hunt and his team.
Brandt was assigned to guard Ethan and Julia Meade-Hunt against a 6-man Serbian hit squad in Croatia. He felt the job would be simple due to them knowing of the coming force, but felt he should warn Ethan and Julia nonetheless. However, he considered that orders are orders and kept quiet about the coming danger. One day, Ethan went for a run and Brandt followed, leaving two agents with Julia.
When Brandt returned, the two agents were unconscious and Julia was missing. Days later, Julia's body was reportedly found, causing Brandt to retire from his position as a Field Agent and become an Analyst.
Preventing Nuclear War
Brandt travels with the Secretary of the IMF to retrieve Ethan from Russia after his mission to infiltrate the Kremlin was aborted and the building bombed by a man code-named Cobalt. During their extraction, the Secretary assigns Ethan a mission to retrieve stolen nuclear launch codes from Kurt Hendricks, who Ethan realizes is Cobalt. Brandt is confused by the Secretary's reasoning but is motioned to keep quiet.
After Ethan accepts the mission, set to begin on an IMF train, the vehicle they were riding in is attacked by Russian agents and the driver and Secretary are killed. The vehicle plunges from a bridge into the water below. Ethan leads Brandt out of the submerged vehicle and the two escapes after Ethan lights up a flare and attaches it to the Secretary's body as a diversion. Brandt and Ethan then walk to the rendezvous point where they are told Jane Carter and Benji Dunn would be waiting.
After searching for and finally spotting the train, the two are forced to run for it as the train is already in motion. After a code is entered and Ethan uses the retinal scanner to confirm his identity as an IMF agent, the two boards the train. After regrouping with Benji and Jane, the group formulates a plan to stop Hendricks and his right-hand man Marius Wistrom, by intercepting an exchange between the terrorists and an assassin named Sabine Moreau at the Burj Khalifa.
When the mission goes awry, Brandt reveals his past as an agent to Benji and Jane. After learning that Hendricks requires a defunct Soviet military satellite in order to launch the missile, Brandt and the team head to India to stop the launch. Equipped with a special magnetic vest, Brandt enters the server room to deactivate the satellite. However, Hendricks ultimately succeeds in launching the missile. As the group head to the broadcasting station to acquire the launch-control device, Hunt pursues Hendricks whilst Brandt and the others attempt to bring the broadcasting station back online.
However, Wistrom turns the power off, leading Brandt to search for the generator. In an ensuing struggle with Wistrom, Brandt finds himself unable to overpower the terrorist and reach for the switch. Benji intervenes in the nick of time, shooting Wistrom and allowing Brandt to reactivate the generator, leading Hunt to prevent the missile from detonating.
Mission from Ethan
Eight weeks after stopping Hendricks' plan, Ethan asked the team of Benji, Jane and Brandt to take new missions. Benji and Jane quickly agreed, but Brandt attempted to leave without accepting. Ethan stopped him and asked him how he knew Julia was actually dead. He asked Brandt if he had seen the body and then revealed to him that he faked Julia's death to protect her. With closure and relief, Brandt accepted the next mission, leaving Ethan to watch his wife from afar.
Confronting The Syndicate
After the Secretary's death, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Alan Hunley, and Brandt go to the senate committee to discuss on the IMF and a whole, ending with the CIA and IMF merging. When Hunt is captured by operatives working for a British proposed project-turned powerful terrorist organization The Syndicate and later branded a traitor, Brandt warns him to stay undercover and avoid Hunley, but later goes to Hunt's oldest partner Luther Stickell to help him find Hunt and Dunn through a woman Ethan knows and trusts, which is revealed to be Ilsa Faust, a British undercover agent. With his help, the team, alongside Ilsa, successfully stop former MI6 agent Solomon Lane, including the arrest of Chief Atlee for his attempted cover-up of The Syndicate's creation and existence, and the IMF is reinstated once again, with Hunley becoming the new Secretary of the IMF.
William Brandt changed after Julia's "death" during his mission, he blamed himself and left the field to become an analyst. Having hid this from Hunt, he feels guilty for the incident, and has trouble meeting with the former again. During the events of Ghost Protocol, he shows himself to amazed at Ethan's luck and skills, notably when he used a flare to trick the Russian security forces into believing it was him, asking Hunt on how they would shoot at the flare, with Ethan replying he knew they were not thinking. Additionally, he was pessimistic and cynical on their mission, doubting that Ethan had enough time to get to the manual control room for controlling the security cameras and elevators. Brandt was a "by the book" agent, preferring to stick to the mission and his orders. When Jane had killed Moreau, he argued with her on following mission procedure. However, Brandt is shown to have a dry sense of humor, cracking jokes and sarcastic comments in and out of missions.
After the mission was done, he believed that Ethan wanted nothing to do with him, expressing this by rejecting the new mission from Ethan, however accepted this after learning that Julia's death was planned and she is alive. After this, he became happier and loyal to Hunt, especially in the time of Rogue Nation when telling the former to stay undercover when Alan Hunley was looking for him. Brandt is also good with standing up for his team and speaking to senates, notably shown in the committee when talking on the IMF's actions.
After working with them, Brandt is more comfortable with his teammates, notably Benji and Jane, and especially Ethan Hunt.
- Master Martial Artist: Brandt is an extremely skilled and formidable hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist, having trained extensively in various forms of martial arts as an IMF, making him one of the most powerful and best fighters on the planet. He takes down Moreau's henchman down with ease, and his skills appear to be greater than Ethan Hunt's as he is able to disarm him twice. He also stands a fight against Marius Wistrom, and the only reason he does not beat him there and then is because he is busy trying to disarm the bomb through the electricity panel simultaneously.