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Ian Fleming’s classic Bond novels rewritten to remove racist material


IAN Fleming’s James Bond novels have been reworked to remove racial references.

Every 007 book is set to be reissued this spring to mark 70 years since the spy’s first appearance.

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Ian Fleming Publications commissioned a sensitive readers’ review of classic texts – photo Sean ConneryCredit: Alamy

But a wake-up call will state: “This book was written at a time when terms and behaviors that might be considered offensive by modern readers were commonplace.

“Some 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 changes result in some depictions of black people being edited or removed.

However, dated references to other ethnicities, including Bond’s racial terms for Asians, remain.

His comments about “blasing women” and homosexuality as a “stubborn disability” also stand.

Ian Fleming Publishing, the company that owns the literary rights to the author’s work, commissioned the revision of classic texts under its scrutiny by sensitive readers.

The N-word, which Fleming used to refer to black people when he was writing in the 1950s and 60s, has been almost completely eliminated, the Telegraph reports.

Ian Fleming Publishing said: “We encourage people to read the books themselves when the new paperbacks come out.”

It comes after children’s publisher Puffin cleared extracts from Roald Dahl’s books.