Today, Jan. 23, 2013, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced that singer Adele will perform her big hit and Bond song “Skyfall” at this year’s Oscars telecast. It was previously announced that the production will feature a celebration of Bond’s fiftieth anniversary. Securing Adele to perform the Oscar nominated song during the celebration sound like a great way to illuminate the connection between Bond films and the songs that have become signature elements to the Bond legacy.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Bond series of films. James Bond, the coolest spy around, is known for his suave way with women, his stealth technique with the bad buys and the bond films have been synonymous with great songs. “Goldfinger” was sung by Shelley Bassey in 1964’s “Goldfinger,” “Live and Let Die” was sung by Paul McCartney in 1973’s “Live and Let Die,” “Nobody Does It Better,” was sung by Carly Simon in 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me,” and “For Your Eyes Only” was sung by Sheena Easton in 1980’s “For Your Eyes Only.” All of these songs were not only integral parts of the Bond finesse, but were hit singles in the music scene.
On this 50th celebration year of Bond films, Adele co-wrote and sang the song “Skyfall” in the most successful Bond film yet “Skyfall.” The song just clinched a Golden Globe Award for Best Song and it is now nominated for an Academy Award. Only two other Bond songs have been nominated: “For Your Eyes Only” and “Nobody Does It Better” – and neither took home the golden trophy. This year I predict that “Skyfall” is by far the front winner to win this year’s Best Song Award at the upcoming Oscars.
Oscars will be handed out on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The evening will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on ABC and will be televised in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones and no texting, please don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com