James Bond Latest Victim of Cultural VANDALISM

by 02.28.2023

James Bond books edited by ‘sensitivity readers’ for racist language. A series of new editions of James Bond novels set to be released in April will be edited from author Ian Fleming’s original prose and feature a disclaimer after a review by “sensitivity readers.”

The new editions will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the publication of Fleming’s first Bond novel, which introduced the famed English spy to the masses prior to the launch of an ever-expanding film franchise. But language present in the original 1953 text, including the n-word and other terms and phrases describing race are being removed, according to a report from the Telegraph.

The new books will also include a disclaimer that explains the new editions are not identical to those published previously.

“This book was written at a time when terms and attitudes which might be considered offensive by modern readers were commonplace,” the disclaimer will read, according to the Telegraph report. “A number of updates have been made in this edition, while keeping as close as possible to the original text and the period in which it is set.”

The most notable change is the removal of the n-word, which is primarily being replaced with “black person” or “black man.” But other racial descriptions are reportedly being eliminated entirely. The report said that some of the changes were previously made during Fleming’s lifetime with his approval, especially for U.S. editions of the books.

“Following Ian’s approach, we looked at the instances of several racial terms across the books and removed a number of individual words or else swapped them for terms that are more accepted today but in keeping with the period in which the books were written,” Ian Fleming Publications, the publishing house, told the Telegraph. “We encourage people to read the books for themselves when the new paperbacks are published in April.”

The sensitivity edits to the “007” novels come a week after the United Kingdom publisher Puffin sparked widespread outrage when it announced it would be making substantial edits to author Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s books, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach over sensitivity concerns. The publisher later backtracked and announced it would continue to publish Dahl’s original prose in a separate “classic” edition.

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