Ian Fleming, Sean Connery, Albert R. Broccoli, and Harry Saltzman

Ian Fleming’s books inspired the ‘007: James Bond’ movies will have a new version adapted to the sensibilities of the 21st centurywhich would mean, among other things, removing its numerous racist references.

As confirmed Deadlinethe publisher that owns the rights to the books, Ian Fleming Publications, has commissioned a group of “sensitive readers” the review of the books to modify those expressions that may be currently offensive. In addition, the modified books will bring a note that will indicate that: “This book was written at a time when terms and attitudes that modern readers might find offensive were commonplace. A number of updates have been made to this edition, staying as faithful as possible to the original text and the period in which it was published. develops”. Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of agent 007 this spring, the The intention is that the new versions are ready to be published in April. The books from ‘Casino Royale’ to ‘Octopussy’ will be modified.

This news comes a few weeks after the English publisher Puffin Books announced that, with the help of the Inclusive Minds association, they were going to revise and modify Roald Dahl’s children’s books. In an interview for The Telegraph (via Deadline) the publisher stated that: “These books were written many years ago, and therefore we regularly review the language to make sure it can still be enjoyed today from them”. These changes affect titles like ‘Matilda’ or ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ where will change and remove some expressions such as ‘fat’ or ‘black’ that define the characters.

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In Spain, the publisher in charge of its translation and dissemination, Alfaguara Infantil y Juvenil, has confirmed that they will continue publishing the books according to the original texts of the author without modifying their publications in Spanish.

And on the big screen?

‘No time to die’, the latest James Bond film, has already gone ahead and given a big step in inclusion counting on the interpretation of Lashana Lynch as agent 007. Despite the numerous criticisms that the producer received, Barbara Broccoli insisted on the importance of creating roles for women. After the doubts and confusion of many who did not accept that 007 was a black woman, Broccoli confirmed that Lynch played a 007 agent, but not Bond himself, noting that whoever took over from Daniel Craig would be a man. Currently, they are in full search of the next James Bond with three favorite candidates Leading: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, RegĂ©-Jean Page and Henry Cavill.


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