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The James Bond novels by acclaimed author Ian Fleming have been censored after Ian Fleming Publications Ltd hired sensitivity readers to review the material and make suggestions to language, especially around racial descriptions of characters.
The Telegraph reports, “The changes to Fleming’s books result in some depictions of black people being reworked or removed” and several instances of Fleming referring to black characters as “n*gger” have been expunged.
“Dated references to other ethnicities remain, such as Bond’s racial terms for east Asian people and the spy’s disparaging views of Oddjob, Goldfinger’s Korean henchman,” reports the Telegraph.
In the case of the racial epithet, either the passages were removed entirely or “black person” or “black man” were substituted.
In Dr. No, the race of an immigration officer, a doctor, and a henchman have been removed as has a barman’s race in Thunderball and a butler’s race in Quantum of Solace.
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