James Bond books are being updated to meet cultural sensitivity standards, according to reporting by the Telegraph.
According to the report, the books will be updated to remove offensive descriptions of black people ahead of the 70th anniversary of Casino Royale, the first book in the series.
The updates happened after the publisher, Ian Fleming Publications, hired “sensitivity readers” to review the book and give feedback.
The new editions of the books will now have the following disclaimer, according to reporting by the Telegraph:
The new edition of the book makes several edits to passages that might be deemed offensive to black people. For instance, the publisher removes racial descriptors of passages which have black characters portrayed as criminals, barmen, gangsters, butlers, and drivers.
Ideological incursions aside, this is what happens when you create a world of endless reboots and retreads and sequels and spin-offs and franchises and absolutely no original content whatsoever https://t.co/T7taSCMlHf
— Kat Rosenfield (@katrosenfield) February 26, 2023
The n-word, which author Ian Fleming used to describe black people in some instances, is dropped in favor of “black person” or “black man.”