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Uh-oh. Partly in celebration of his 50th anniversary, the iconic spy James Bond will receive a special tribute at the Academy Awards when the telecast airs in February.
Why is this an “uh-oh?” Because there’s a semi-strong contingent of Bond supporters out in cyberspace who believe the latest Bond thriller, Skyfall, has a better-than-normal shot at scoring a few unexpected Oscar nominations, perhaps in the categories of Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), and Best Supporting Actress (for Dame Judi Dench). Will the Academy feel that this televised tribute to the spy who loved us be enough “love,” and therefore overlook Sam Mendes’ fantastic film when it comes time to nominate?
That’s possible. As for the telecast, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron told THR, "We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday. 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."
It’s the latest success for the long-running franchise, which this year saw Skyfall become the highest-grossing film in the series’ history and the first Bond adventure to earn more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office. What would you like to see as part of the 007 tribute at the Oscars? A glorified clips package? An on-stage stunt sequence? Truthfully, I think the coolest thing the Academy can do is have all of the actors who’ve played Bond on stage at the same time. Wouldn’t you love to see Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig sharing the spotlight on Hollywood’s biggest night?