Sunday, January 14, 2024

James Bond Had Sex And Killed People, British Film Censors Are Shocked

As I’ve noted here before, I’ve long been an Ian Fleming aficionado. I read his James Bond thrillers as a teenager with joy and wonder, and I've reread the spy & crime thrillers many times over the years. 

I'm also a huge fan of the James Bond films, especially the Bond films from the 1960s with Sean Connery as Bond.


So I find of the idea of the British Film Institute inserting a trigger warming on the Bond films to be ridiculous.


Dan Gainor at offers a piece on the British Film Institute’s trigger warnings for the James Bond films.


You have to be incredibly evil to measure up as a Bond villain. They have names we all recognize – Scaramanga, Goldfinger, Blofeld and the British Film Institute. 


OK, that last one is a wee bit of a surprise. The BFI is "a cultural charity" and "the UK‘s lead organization for film and the moving image." So, you’d think they’d be doing their best to protect Bond, one of the most famous British fictional characters. Right up there with Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and Winnie-the-Pooh.

But those three are politically acceptable, though Potter’s author J.K. Rowling is now canceled for thinking like Bond and agreeing that women are… women. But Bond, James Bond, as he likes to say, well he’s a different story. So, the BFI has inserted trigger warnings in front of Bond films. 

Here’s the message you get if you queue up to watch the world’s No. 1 spy. 

"Please note that many of these films contain language, images or other content that reflect views prevalent in its time, but will cause offence today (as they did then). The titles are included here for historical, cultural or aesthetic reasons and these views are in no way endorsed by the BFI or its partners."

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link: 

James Bond had sex and killed people, British film censors are shocked (

You can also read my Washington Times On Crime column on Ian Fleming via the below link:

Paul Davis On Crime: A Look Back At Commander Ian Fleming: My Washington Times On Crime Column On 'Ian Fleming's War: The Inspiration of 007'

And you can read my online Crime Beat column on a look back at Ian Fleming's iconic James Bond character via the below link: 

Paul Davis On Crime: My Crime Beat Column: A Look Back At Ian Fleming's Iconic James Bond Character

Note: Below are photos from Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice:

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