Tom Clancy, master of the political thriller, has died.
Many of his best-selling novels became box-office gold; he lent his names to videogames.
Tom Clancy was a brand. One of the very first authors-as-brand.
People wanted what Clancy had, says Jim Milliot with Publishers Weekly. "They want to go to the movies because it’s a Clancy movie. They want to play the video game because it’s a Clancy video game.”
As an analyst-turned-reluctant-hero-turned-president, Jack Ryan may just be the next James Bond. He’s cool. He’s likeable. He’s all over the world. A combo which could add up to movie-theatre longevity.
“It’s really global political thriller that we’re talking about,” says USC film professor Jason E. Squire, “and what could be better in this age of global blockbuster movies.”
Squire thinks it’s up to the estate and the studio to stay true to the character that Tom Clancy created.
Doing the numbers on Tom Clancy:
4: Actors who have portrayed Clancy's character Jack Ryan -- Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine.
736: Pages in what is to be Clancy's last published book, "Command Authority," set for release on Dec. 3, 2013.
3: Board games based on Clancy works -- "The Hunt for Red October," "Red Storm Rising" and "Tom Clancy's Politika."
19: Total number of novels published by Clancy.
1996: The year Clancy co-founded the video game developer Red Storm Entertainment, which put out a number of successful video games including the "Rainbow Six," "Ghost Recon" and "Splinter Cell" series.
$215,000,000: Box office total for the 1994 film "Clear and Present Danger," based on the novel of the same name and starring Ford.
Right now Republicans and Democrats aren't just competing over the best public policies to move the government forward. They're also competing over how much money they're making while the government has ground to a halt.
The Democratic National Committee says it's raised nearly $2 million online since the weekend. DNC spokesman Mo Elleithee said Monday alone was record-breaking: $850,000 in 24 hours; 30,000 individual donors, many of them first-time.
“It was our biggest fundraising day since before the 2012 election,” he said. “I think it was a combination of a lot of excitement about Obamacare about to go live, as well as a lot of frustration with the dysfunction in Congress and the Republican shutdown.”
Over at the Republican National Committee, press secretary Kirsten Kukowski sees the Democrats fundraising windfall differently. “We're kind of wondering if the reason they've refused to come to the table over the last couple of days is because they feel like they're getting something out of it monetarily.”
But the Republicans are getting something out of it too. Kukowski says the RNC has raised over $1 million since Monday morning and seen “a great response” on the government shutdown and on Obamacare.
Stephen S. Smith, a political scientist at Washington University, says the money flowing to both parties during the government shutdown isn’t some lucky coincidence. “They've been strategizing about this for months,” he said. “They've prepared mailings. They've prepared emails. They've got fancy websites.”
Lest you get cynical about all the donations that are flooding in to both parties in a moment of self-made political crisis, Sheila Krumholz, executive director for the Center for Responsive Politics says at least it's a sign that people are finally engaged. “Political participation frankly is not a bad thing in and of itself. If we had millions of individuals giving small donations, we'd likely have a much healthier political system.”
Of course, we don't know exactly who is giving the donations right now -- big donors or small -- because the Federal Elections Commission, which monitors that stuff, is shut down.
The violent attack on an SUV driver who had been chased by dozens of motorcycle riders was caught on video. Police say the incident may have begun when the riders tried to block vehicles from getting on a parkway. When a driver tried to get away, his vehicle struck a rider.
A new trial could start soon for a Florida woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. She says she was merely standing her ground, and firing a warning shot at her abusive husband. Host Michel Martin speaks with Florida Times-Union reporter Larry Hannan about the case, and the issues it's bringing up.
Millennials are often dubbed "young invincibles" for their propensity to stay healthy, and forgo health insurance. Host Michel Martin speaks with Kaiser Health News correspondent Jenny Gold about how the Affordable Care Act will impact "invincibles," and how they might be the key to the program's success.
The best-selling writer of such military and espionage novels as The Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising and Patriot Games was 66.