James Bond films warned for ‘outdated’ language in BFI season

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By journalsofus.com


A film season that includes two James Bond films has come with trigger warnings due to “outdated” language and stereotypes.

A year after Ian Fleming’s 007 books were revised to remove offensive references, warnings are being issued about two Bond outings as part of the British Film Institute (BFI) retrospective John Barry: Soundtracking Bond and Beyond. Which throws light on the characteristics of the musician. Scored.

Disclaimers have been issued on behalf of all films shown in the season, warning those purchasing tickets that they contain “language, images or other material which reflects the views prevalent in its time but would cause offense today. (As they did then)””.

The BFI website reads: “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.”

The season’s films include Sean Connery’s Bond films. gold Finger (1964) and you only Live Twice (1967), the latter of which contains an additional standalone disclaimer warning of “outdated racial stereotypes”.

Other films programmed as part of the Barry season include ipcress file (1965), starring Michael Caine, also Best Picture winner midnight shepherd (1969), which the BFI noted as containing “homophobic language and sexual violence”.

During this, petuliaThe 1968 drama starring Julie Christie and George C. Scott contains a trigger warning for “domestic violence” scenes.

Independent The BFI has been contacted for comment, but a spokesperson said Guardian: “As a cultural charity with the responsibility of preserving a work of film and the moving image and presenting it to audiences, we constantly face and deal with the challenges presented by the history of film and television programs and How do they reflect the ideas prevalent in their time?

“Although we have a responsibility to preserve films as close as possible to their contemporary accuracy, even if they contain language or depictions that we explicitly disapprove of, we also have a responsibility for how we present them to our audiences Are. The trigger warnings/content warnings that we provide at all of our exhibition sites and online platforms serve as guidance as to whether a film or work reflects the views of the time in which they were made and which may cause offense. Can.

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Sean Connery and Honor Blackman in ‘Goldfinger’

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“We continually review our processes around the presentation of film and moving image work to make improvements and support audience confidence. We listen to customer feedback and continue to work closely with the BBFC and their classifiers to provide appropriate guidance. This work by its nature continues continuously.”

This isn’t the first time Bond has received the trigger warning treatment. In February 2023, it was announced that author Ian Fleming’s 007 books had been revised to remove racist language and several racial references.

In a statement posted on the Ian Fleming website on Tuesday, his estate wrote that the decision to rewrite the novels was made with “guidance from the author himself”, citing Fleming’s previous views on making such revisions. .

Modern reprints of Fleming’s Bond novels now come with a disclaimer: “This book was written at a time when words and attitudes considered offensive by modern readers were common.

“Many updates have been made to this edition, while keeping as close as possible to the original text and the period in which it is set.”

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