James Bond books rewritten to remove ‘offensive’ references

It comes days after a row over the editing of Roald Dahl’s books

Mar 3, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: (by Emily Atkinson).

However, references to the “sweet tang of rape”, “blithering women”, doing a “man’s work”, and homosexuality being described as a “stubborn disability” have been kept in, reported The Daily Telegraph.

A disclaimer accompanying the new editions is expected to read: “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.”

It comes after Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, which owns the rights to his work, commissioned a review by sensitivity readers of the James Bond series. The Independent has contacted Ian Fleming Publications Ltd for comment.

The new issues are set to mark 70 years since the publication of Mr Fleming’s first novel, Casino Royale.

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