JACK RYAN (FILM SERIES)
The Hunt for Red October (1990) is set in 1984. Central Intelligence Agency analyst Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) must track down the Red October, a technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub heading to America’s east coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery), and prove to the American government his theory that the sub’s mission is to defect rather than attack the American coast.
Patriot Games (1992) begins with former CIA analyst, Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford), now a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, badly wounded after intervening and even killing an assailant in an attack of the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in London. The remaining attackers escape, including Sean Miller (Sean Bean), the brother of the killed assailant who vows to hunt down and kill Ryan.
Clear and Present Danger (1994) has Jack Ryan appointed as acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence, as Vice Admiral James Greer (James Earl Jones) becomes sick with cancer.
The Sum of All Fears (2002) is set in 2002 and departs from the chronology of the previous three films. After the President of the Russian Federation dies and is replaced by a man with a mysterious past, the United States goes on alert to rising Cold War fears.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) is set in 2013 in a fictional universe apart from the previous four films. After the events of September 11 attacks, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine), studying at the London School of Economics, becomes a Marine second lieutenant in Afghanistan, where he is critically injured when his helicopter is shot down. Ten years later, Ryan is working on Wall Street with a cover job as a compliance officer at a stock brokerage, and as a covert CIA analyst, where he discovers that certain accounts are inaccessible to him as auditor, which leads him to Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh).
If you want to watch a good movie. A good spy movie that is not bond then this woud be your ticket. Jack Ryan is the answer to James Bond. A marine, an analyst and the equivalent of M in his time. A fascinating challenge to James Bond. I have to admire the way the story unfolds. It draws you into the troubled life of Jack Ryan. Jack Ryan is a softer bond… a mellower bond… a bond with responsibility and something to lose….