Bond Theme Singer Dame Shirley Bassey To Perform At The Oscars

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-02-08 16:25:13discussion comments
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The James Bond franchise hit an incredible landmark in 2012. Because Dr. No first premiered in 1962, last year was the spy franchise's 50th anniversary - and it was celebrated in style. Not only were all 22 previous films collected into one really amazing box set, Sam Mendes delivered one of the greatest 007 movies ever with Skyfall.

But the celebration is far from over. As previously reported, this year's Academy Awards ceremony will feature a special sequence/tribute to the legacy of Bond (the longest-running motion picture franchise in history), which will feature a performance of the Skyfall theme by Adele - her first time performing it live. But the British Grammy winner won't be the only Bond theme performer in the house that night

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially announced that Dame Shirley Bassey, best known for recording James Bond theme songs for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker, will be making her first ever appearance on an Oscar telecast. Said show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement, “We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show. Her association with film music is world renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast.” In addition to Adele and Basey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand are also scheduled to perform.

What other cool Bond surprises will the show feature? We'll just have to wait until the 85th annual Academy Awards airs on February 24th.
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