Spy movies: Will the new ‘Jack Ryan’ compete with ‘Bond’?

I am waiting for it to get warm enough to venture outside long enough to get to a movie theater to see the new Jack Ryan movie.  These movies – now five of them with four different stars – are starting to feel like a new version of the Bond movies but with switching the actors more often.

The Bond producers at least usually let us see four to six movies with the same actor playing James so we get used to him.  (There were two exceptions – George Lazenby only did one and Timothy Dalton , thank heavens, only did two.)  Sean Connery played the role 6 times with a sixth unauthorized by the owners of the copyright called Never Say Never Again. Roger Moore played the role seven times which is the record.  Pierce Brosnan was James Bond for four films, and now we await whether Daniel Craig will make another to reach four.

Jack Ryan, the American CIA spy, is a little different since he actually rises through the ranks to become President of the United States in the books versus James Bond who never ages and never gets promoted past 007.  Harrison Ford has played Ryan twice.  Ben Affleck has portrayed him once.  The first to play Ryan was Alec Baldwin in Hunt for Red October.  And now we have Chris Pine who was last seen as the young Kirk in the Star Trek revivals.  It should be interesting to see how he does – and if there will be a follow-up.


Since D.C. is not known for clearing streets after it snows, nor for filling the potholes that send one through the earth to somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean, I have yet to venture out to see the new Jack Ryan.  Of course, if it had been a new Bond, I would have crawled there if necessary, but I can wait a few weeks to see the new Ryan.  When I do, I will report back to all of you as to whether you should immediately rush off and see if or whether you can wait to catch it on television.

In the meantime, for all of you who are caught up in the Arctic freeze that the U.S. is experiencing, stay warm!

For your amusement, here is the list, in order of production of the movies:

  • Sean Connery:  Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice
  • A spoof called Casino Royale starring David Niven was released but it was not part of the official movies. (Although Niven was Ian Fleming’s first choice for Bond but the producers picked Connery.)
  • George Lazenby:  On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Sean Connery:  Diamonds Are Forever
  • Roger Moore: Live and Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View To The Kill
  • Sean Connery: came back unofficially again for Never Say Never Again
  • Timothy Dalton:  The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill
  • Pierce Brosnan;  Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day
  • Daniel Craig:  Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall
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