Iconic James Bond Books to be Rewritten over ‘Offensive’ Language

The legendary James Bond books by Ian Fleming, which inspired the longest-running film franchise in history, are being heavily edited to remove language that some far-left activists have deemed “racist” or “insensitive.”

As reported by Fox News, the edits by the series’ publishing company, Ian Fleming Publications, launched a review of all of the author’s material ahead of the 70th anniversary of the release of the first novel in the series, Casino Royale. The vast majority of edited content focused on references to black people.

The newly-edited books will feature a disclaimer, according to The Telegraph, which will read, in part: “This book was written at a time when terms and attitudes which might be considered offensive by modern readers were commonplace. 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 books will still largely include language that some have found offensive towards women, homosexuals, and Asians, including phrases such as a “blithering women” failing to do “man’s work,” and the characterization of homosexuality as a “stubborn disability.”

One example of an edit is from the novel Live and Let Die, where all of the story’s villains are black. In one scene, Bond ponders how Africans are “pretty law-abiding chaps I should have thought, except when they’ve drunk too much;” the line about drinking is completely omitted. Any uses of racial epithets are replaced with “black man” or “black person.”

The decision to censor the beloved Bond series comes just days after another publisher backed down on a similar censorship threat after widespread backlash. The publishing company Puffin originally announced its intentions to heavily edit the works of children’s author Roald Dahl, but reversed course after widespread outrage from fans and critics alike.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Rare first edition copies of James Bond books by Ian Fleming are displayed on August 14, 2022 ahead of Sotheby's 'James Bond on Bond Street' auction in London, England. The auction will take place from 1st-6th September, and features over 100 items relating to Ian Fleming's enduring creation, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the first James Bond film 'Dr. No'. Displayed at Sotheby's New Bond Street galleries, and offered for online bidding, the sale heralds the early years of Bond at his most classic, focusing on the era of Sean Connery and Roger Moore. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby's)