Tom Clancy became one of the best-selling writers of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, starting with the publication of his 1984 thriller, The Hunt for Red October (1990) by the Naval Institute Press in 1984. The hardcover sold 45,000 copies, an amazing amount for a first novel from a publishing house peddling its first book of fiction, but the paperback — boosted by a strong recommendation from President Ronald Reagan — sold two million copies.. In all, he wrote 28 books, mostly fiction but also, military themed non-fiction books. Clancy placed 17 books on the New York Times Best Seller List, many of which hit #1. His oeuvre accounted for sales of 100 million copies, making him one of the all-time most popular writers in history.
Clancy was successful lending his name and ideas to video games, and his video game company Red Storm Entertainment was bought out for $45 million in 2000. Movies adapted from Clancy’s works racked up $786.5 million at the box office. By the time 1994 came along, he was to “go to guy” for having his books adapted for the screen.
Clear and Present Danger starring Harrison Ford, Willem DaFoe and Anne Archer would go on to be the most successful of his films being nominated for two Academy Awards.
Here is a trailer and look at one of Harrison Ford’s most popular roles and Tom Clancy’s “Clear and Present Danger”