Many have connected this series with The A-Team
(1983). As Hannibal does there, Mario Santos (the head of the team) always smokes a cigar when the plan has completed (the only exception being episode 2.8, when he lights a pipe). See more
Of course we can fail. But, let's suppose that you need an urgent medical operation. It can fail too, but you'll try to find the best surgeon available. Well, in this case, we're not only the best surgeons... we're the only ones.