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‘Special Ops: Lioness’ Review: Zoe Saldaña Fights Through So-So Spy Thriller

Between The Night Agent and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, it’s no secret spy shows are having a moment. But as these shows attempt to make a name for themselves, none would be possible without the astute, slow-burn charm of Homeland. As a series centered around a female protagonist challenging gender stereotypes, Claire Danes’ iconic Carrie […]

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The Only Actor to Play Jack Ryan Twice Is Also the Genre’s Most Defining

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is one of the most beloved fictional characters to emerge in the past several decades. Generations of readers have poured over the adventures of the whip-smart CIA analyst who often finds himself in the middle of fieldwork, and Clancy’s stories have inspired several different projects in the years since his original […]

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This Jack Ryan Adaptation Gave Us a Very Different Ben Affleck

The Jack Ryan franchise had big shoes to fill after Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford successfully portrayed Tom Clancy’s fictional CIA analyst in The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger respectively. But in 2002, Ben Affleck gave it a go with the reboot The Sum of All Fears, focusing on […]

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Why Chris Pine’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Is Worth Another Look

Jack Ryan is a strange film franchise. Four actors have occupied the role since Alec Baldwin debuted the character in 1989’s The Hunt For Red October, each bringing a different energy to the idealistic CIA analyst caught in over his head. Tom Clancy’s novels are essential dad-core action/espionage romps that continue to be bestsellers, and […]

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Is ‘Jack Ryan’ Based on Any of the Tom Clancy Novels?

In the late ’80s and into the ’90s, people around the world were addicted to Tom Clancy’s character Jack Ryan, an American version of Ian Fleming’s spy extraordinaire James Bond. The prolific author’s novels follow the adventures of the brilliant economics professor-turned-CIA analyst and black ops field agent lurking in the shadows while trying to […]

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