We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
At the time, there was criticism of Connery's accent but that faded away. It is a bit of a mystery why Baldwin gave up on the series. I don't like him as a person and he was terribly miscast as Doolittle in "Pearl Harbor" but that was an awful movie anyway.
I was on the "other side" of the air/water interface; I was flying P-3 Orion ASW aircraft. As a specialist in Soviet submarines, I was stunned to discover that Clancy hadn't been in the military and hadn't had any access to classified material.
I still have my "first edition" copy of the book; the one from the Naval Institute Press.
There was a bit of a flap about Clancy and security until they discovered he got all his info from open sources. The same applied to "Sum of All Fears" and he said he falsified a few things in the novel to conceal how easy it was to learn to build a bomb from open sources.
I disagree. I am not a fan of Alec Baldwin, hate his politics but as an actor in this particular movie, I thought he was brilliant. It was an understated style of acting which brought the character forward. He was not the super hero type and I think he played it just right. I also loved Sean Connery in it , maybe it was the accent. Sam Neill was great as well.