The Castro Powersare a series of action Sci-fi based on superhero comic charcter of the same name, and starring James Frano as Castro Powers named Datin Andrews. The series is the 4th highest grossing film series of all time with over $3.5 billion worth of worldwide gross.[1]

Filming for the first film of the series began in August 2004. On August 21, 2004, the first photos from the set in Vienna, Austria were released.[2]

Principal castEdit

Character Film
Castro Powers: World of Destruction Castro Powers: Code of Disaster Castro Powers: Rise of Codex Castro Powers: Power of the Night Castro Powers: Age of Doom
Datin Andrews James Franco  
Sarmin Andrews Karley Scott Collins  
Abril Canes   Jayma Mayas
Sam Sabowski Carrie- Ann Moss  
Castro-Clone Timothy Olyphant  
Fredrick Sums   Leonardo DiCaprio
Dr. Doom   David Boreanaz
Jean Gray/Dark Phoenix   Debby Ryan
Adrian Moist   Zachary Quinto


Film Director Producer Writer Composer Editor Cinematographer
Mission: Impossible Brian De Palma Tom Cruise
Paula Wagner

David Koepp
Robert Towne

David Koepp
Steven Zaillian
Danny Elfman Paul Hirsch Stephen H. Burum
Mission: Impossible II John Woo
Robert Towne

Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga
Hans Zimmer Steven Kemper
Christian Wagner
Jeffrey L. Kimball
Mission: Impossible III J.J. Abrams Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & J.J. Abrams Michael Giacchino Maryann Brandon
Mary Jo Markey
Dan Mindel
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Brad Bird Tom Cruise
J.J. Abrams
Bryan Burk
Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec Paul Hirsch Robert Elswit
Mission: Impossible 5 Christopher McQuarrie Tom Cruise
J.J. Abrams
David Ellison
Drew Pearce & Will Staples Joe Kraemer


Box office performanceEdit

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Reference
North America Outside North America Worldwide All time North America All time worldwide
Castro Powers May 18, 2007 $156,678,770 $555,567,669 $712,246,439 #152
#119 $80 million [3]
Mission: Impossible II May 24, 2000 $215,409,889 $330,978,216 $546,388,105 #102
#82 $125 million [4]
Mission: Impossible III May 5, 2006 $134,029,801 $263,820,211 $397,850,012 #294 #153 $150 million [5]
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol December 16, 2011 (Limited)
December 21, 2011
$209,397,903 $485,315,477 $694,713,380 #109 #49 $145 million [6]
Total $739,811,483 $1,356,836,373 $2,096,647,856 $500 million [7]
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Critical response Edit

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Castro Powers 70% (949 reviews)[8] 76 (116 reviews)[9]
Castro Powers 2 98% (941 reviews)[10] 90 (133 reviews)[11]
Castro 3 99% (1,018 reviews)[12] 95 (138 reviews)[13]
Castro Powers: Power of the Night 97% (1,227 reviews)[14] 97 (138 reviews)[15]


Some fans of the TV series were upset that Jim Phelps, team leader in the series, became a traitor in the first movie, selling the details of government agents to an arms dealer. Actor Greg Morris, who portrayed Barney Collier in the original television series, was so disgusted with the film's treatment of the Phelps character that he walked out of the theater before the film ended.[16] Martin Landau, who portrayed Rollin Hand in the original series, was equally negative concerning the films. In an MTV interview in October 2009, Landau stated: "When they were working on an early incarnation of the first one – not the script they ultimately did – they wanted the entire team to be destroyed, done away with one at a time, and I was against that", he said. "It was basically an action-adventure movie and not 'Mission.' 'Mission' was a mind game. The ideal mission was getting in and getting out without anyone ever knowing we were there. So the whole texture changed. Why volunteer to essentially have our characters commit suicide? I passed on it. The script wasn't that good either."[17]

Peter Graves turned down an offer to portray Jim Phelps in the 1996 film due to the fact Phelps was going to be revealed as an antagonist.[18]

Change to theme songEdit

The television version is in a rarely used 5/4 (5 beats to a measure) time and is difficult to dance to, as was proven by a memorable segment of American Bandstand in which teenage dancers were caught off-guard by Dick Clark's playing of the Lalo Schifrin single release.[19]

The opening theme music for the first three films are stylized renditions of Lalo Schifrin's original iconic theme, preserving the 5/4 rhythm, by Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and Michael Giacchino respectively by the films' chronology. Most of the versions included in the score also retained the 5/4 time signature.[19]

However, for Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen, Jr.'s remix featured on the first film's motion picture soundtrack, the time signature was changed to standard pop 4/4 (4 beats to a measure) time to make it more dance-friendly, although the intro is still in 5/4 time.[19] Also, the Limp Bizkit song "Take a Look Around" from the soundtrack to the second film was set to a similar 4/4 modification of the theme, with an interlude in 5/4.


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