(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) The James Bond novels are being censored after the publication company hired so-called sensitivity readers to peruse the books and highlight any politically incorrect content, particularly regarding race.
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, named after the author of the series, made a statement saying that many of the changes “result in some depictions of black people being reworked or removed.”
Many instances of the n-word now read as “black person” or “black man;” however, according to the Post Millennial, many of the original racial descriptions for east Asian people remain.
In Dr. No, the censorship police removed the race of many characters altogether. A barman’s race in Thunderball and a butler’s race in Quantum of Solace removed as well.
Several descriptions of character’s habits are also more straight-laced now, omitting mentions of drinking and other scandalous behavior.
In the original version of Live and Let Die, Fleming describes Bond’s visit to a strip club as “Bond could hear the audience panting and grunting like pigs at the trough.” The new version made the line more benign, saying “Bond could sense the electric tension in the room.”
References to homosexuality being a “stubborn disability,” claims of “blithering women” being unable to do a “man’s work,” and other descriptions that many leftists would consider derogatory remain.
Republished novels will feature a disclaimer, warning the reader of non-PC language.
“This book was written at a time when terms and attitudes which might be considered offensive by modern readers were commonplace,” the warning reads. “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 was set.”
Ian Fleming’s literary works are not the only ones to receive updates—books by authors Roald Dahl and Dr. Suess are undergoing rounds of woke edits, removing descriptions that the sensitive may consider derogatory, such as “fat,” and adding elements of critical race theory.