Original Mission Impossible star Barbara Bain has no interest in Tom Cruise's "one man" film series

Actress Barbara Bain, who starred in the original Mission: Impossible television series, said she has no interest in Tom Cruise's big screen adaptations because they are a "one man thing, not a team".

The 84-year-old, who won three consecutive Emmys for her role as secret agent Cinnamon Carter in the 1960s, was joined by Dick Van Dyke as she was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

After receiving her accolade, Barbara revealed she had never watched the Mission: Impossible films because it had "nothing to do with the (television) show".

Barbara Bain, left, on the set of Diagnosis Murder (Reed Saxon/AP)
Barbara Bain, left, on the set of Diagnosis Murder (Reed Saxon/AP)

She said: "The film series was something entirely different. The film series was done as a one man thing, not a team.

"Paramount used this franchise to make money - I have no quarrel with that - but it had nothing to do with the show we did, so it wasn't of interest to me one way or the other.

"It wasn't of interest because it wasn't what we did. The thing they did keep, which was smart, was Lalo (Schifrin's) music. It was beautiful and still is."

Tom Cruise at tje premiere of
Tom Cruise at tje premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Barbara said she thought Tom, who has starred as Ethan Hunt in five Mission: Impossible films, must have done a good job "because people kept going" to watch the movies.

Dick, 90, was a guest along with fellow veteran actor Ed Asner, the voice of grumpy pensioner Carl in Pixar's Up, for the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard.

Paying tribute to Barbara, the Mary Poppins star said: "What you've given to the acting community and young actors is just incredible. You're still gorgeous and you're still tall."

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