Oscar will bow before Bond in special tribute
05:00 AM, Jan 06, 2013
Even if Skyfall doesn’t make the cut as a best-picture candidate when the Oscar nominations are revealed next Thursday, James Bond will be getting his due when the 85th Academy Awards ceremony airs on Feb. 24.
A tribute to the durable spy series, which turned 50 last year, was just announced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the show’s producers.
No word yet on what to expect to see onstage. Although given Zadan and Meron’s musical background (TV’s Smash, Broadway revivals of Promises, Promises and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and big-screen versions of Chicago and Hairspray), impeccably tailored dancers doing moves to popular Bond themes such as Goldfinger and Live and Let Die is probably not out of the question.
Most fans, however, would probably most relish a reunion of all six official movie Bonds — although No. 5, Pierce Brosnan, told USA TODAY he had no interest in participating in any such gathering.
Despite hitting the half-century mark, Hollywood’s longest-running movie franchise reached new heights in 2012, becoming the first 007 thriller to cross the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office and receiving some of the best reviews of the secret agent’s career.
There are awards pundits who even believe Skyfall could be the first of the 23-film series to enter the best-picture race, especially after one of the more reliable indicators — the Producers Guild of America, whose nominees came out this week — included it among its 10 competing titles.
Either way, Mr. Bond has reason to dry-clean his tux.