The spy who woke me: Now James Bond politically shaken, not stirred

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Already, the publishers who own the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” stories and the Dr. Suess rhymes have decided they are too politically incorrect to be acceptable any longer.

In the case of Roald Dahl, the publisher decided to edit the “Charlie” books, but then because of public backlash, decided there would be two versions on the market, one original and one edited.

For the Dr. Suess books, the owners simply decided to make some of the stories no longer available.

Now, according to a report from the Daily Wire, Ian Fleming’s James Bond books are getting a makeover.

It’s so that they are politically acceptable.

The Daily Wire noted confirmation from the Sunday Telegraph that “new editions of Fleming’s original novels will feature rewritten and deleted passages. Ian Fleming Publications reportedly worked with ‘sensitivity readers’ to identify and rewrite language that could be construed as racist or otherwise problematic.”

The Daily Wire explained, “The organization said Fleming himself was in favor of rewrites and even approved edits to the book ‘Live and Let Die’ (1954) before his death in 1964. Those changes included removing negative slang terms for black people, such as the n-word, and replacing them with simply ‘black man’ or ‘black person.'”

Said one unidentified official at Ian Fleming Publications, “We at Ian Fleming Publications reviewed the text of the original Bond books and decided our best course of action was to follow Ian’s lead. We have made changes to ‘Live and Let Die’ that he himself authorized.”

The report said the official confirmed the instances involved “racial terms.”

The Daily Wire noted, “The new versions of Bond novels will include a disclaimer: ‘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.'”


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