Oscars to pay tribute to James Bond for 50th anniversary

By Daniel S Levine,

The most famous spy in film history, James Bond, turned 50 in 2012 and celebrated in style. Skyfall has become the biggest film in the franchise’s history, which began with 1962’s Dr. No. To honor Bond’s legacy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced that it will pay tribute to the franchise during the 85th Oscars ceremony.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that they will include a tribute to 007 with a “special sequence.”

“We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday,” the producers said. “Starting with Dr. No back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon.”

Zadan and Meron didn’t give any other details, including whether or not any of the many actors to play Bond will appear. The character is currently played by Daniel Craig and was first portrayed by Sean Connery.

The Academy also has a chance to honor the franchise with its first win in major categories, thanks to the buzz surrounding Oscar-winner Sam Mendes’ Skyfall. Not only did it reach $1 billion worldwide recently, but it was surprisingly nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top prize. In addition, Javier Bardem, who plays the film’s villain, earned a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild for best supporting actor.

Skyfall could also get a nod in the original song category, thanks to Adele’s hit title song.

The 85th Oscars airs live on ABC on Feb. 24 with Seth MacFarlane hosting. Nominations are announced on Thursday at 5:30 a.m. PT in LA.

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