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In the early 1980s, Tom Clancy worked for his family’s insurance company when he came up with a novel about a fraudulent submarine commander. “More than anything, I’m a technological freak,” he once said. “And the best things are in the military.” During his stay, he wrote The hunt for Red Octoberwhich would mark the beginning of his career.
Hollywood soon called, turning his action thrillers into action movies. Clancy, who died in 2013 at the age of 66, was a self-proclaimed red-blooded American – he loved Reagan – so it’s no wonder his plots have become a great bulwark for pro-American tents where solid movie stars like Harrison Ford guard us from foreign threats.
Clancy’s books were created for perfect Cold War fodder, which may partly explain why films based on his work can’t help but feel anachronistic after 9/11. (Ironically, Clancy ‘s biggest hit in years was the small screen Jack Ryanwho transplanted the hero in our age of War on Terror.) C Tom Clancy without remorse on its way to arrive on Amazon Prime, we think it’s a good time to look back through the highlights of the author’s work. Not surprisingly, we found that this franchise flourished decades ago. In the 1990s, however, Jack Ryan was older than James Bond.