Ian Fleming was a British writer who was predominantly known for his spy series novel James Bond. According to the Telegraph reports, these novels will face some revision to eradicate racist references.
James Bond novels require reworking to remove offensive language. To implement the required editing, Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. has appointed sensitivity readers to assess the classic work. In addition to this, updated novels will comprise a disclaimer. As per the reports in the Telegraph, the disclaimer will read, “This book was written at a time when expressions and attitudes that today’s readers might find offensive were normal.” This edition has undergone several updates while remaining as true to the original text and the time as possible.
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Terms Eliminated from Fleming’s novels
According to an outlet, all the books by Ian Fleming featuring James Bond will be reissued in April to commemorate the 70th anniversary of his first novel, ‘Casino Royale.”
Ian Fleming is the most recent author to go through these edits. The most recent author to go through these edits is Fleming. The newest editions of Roald Dahl’s children’s books will be edited to eliminate terms like “fat,” “ugly,” and “crazy,” according to a report in The Telegraph on February 17.
On Friday, February 24, Puffin UK declared that he would publish an unedited version of Dahl’s writing along with the revised collection. He gave this statement after receiving criticism for the changes. The main changes in Fleming’s book include the portrayal of black people.
In the upgraded version of Fleming’s novel, “Live and Let Die,” which is approved by the sensitivity readers, the discourse of African criminals is revised to eradicate comments on alcoholism. As per the reports of the Telegraph, the original text was, “pretty law-abiding chaps I should have thought, except when they’ve drunk too much.” Now it has been edited as, “pretty law-abiding chaps, I should have thought.”
In the same novel, Fleming often used the term “n” to describe black people. The sensitivity readers have edited most of the part from the text where the ‘n-word is used and has replaced it with “Black man” or “Black person.” According to The Telegraph, the revised text has kept all of the racist terminology used to describe other ethnic groups. The text contains sexist and homophobic words, as well as terms for East Asian people and remarks made about Oddjob, a Korean henchman in the series. It was also mentioned in the Telegraph report that, in 1964, before Ian Fleming’s death, he sanctioned the editors to revise the erotic scenes and racial language for American markets.
In a statement to the Telegraph, Ian Fleming Publications Ltd said, ” We looked for several racial terms Following Ian’s lead, we examined the use of several racial terms throughout the books and either removed some words or swapped them for terms that are more commonly used today but are still appropriate for the period in which the books were written.
Creations of Ian Fleming
In 1952, Fleming published “Casino Royale,” the first James Bond book. As a result of its popularity, three print runs were ordered to meet the demand. Between 1953 and 1966, two collections of short tales and eleven Bond novels were published. James Bond, a member of the Secret Intelligence Service or MI6, is the main character of the book. In the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Bond served as a captain and is also known by his code number, 007. Having sold more than 100 million copies globally, the Bond stories are among the best-selling fictional book series ever. Along with two non-fiction works, Fleming also penned the children’s book “Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.