A day after it was announced that Adele would perform her Oscar-nominated James Bond theme song, “Skyfall,” for the first time live at next month’s Academy Awards, a rumor is circulating the Interweb that the Academy will further pad the James Bond portion of the February 24 program. Producers have already revealed that the show, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, will feature a 50th-anniversary tribute to the iconic British spy, most likely a montage celebrating the franchise’s 23 films. A new report, however, speculates that all six of the actors who have played Bond over the years—Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig—will unite for the first time ever at the Oscars as further tribute to the Ian Fleming character. While producers have confirmed both the Adele and anniversary-tribute aspects of the program, there’s been no word on a possible reunion—not exactly a surprise, since, as Entertainment Weekly notes, Academy Awards tributes are usually kept under wraps until the show.
In spite of James Bond’s seniority in the film industry, the Academy still neglected to pay tribute to him in one major way: by recognizing him in a top-line category. While Skyfall earned five nominations (for cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, original score, and original song), it has failed to break the Bond curse in the best-picture and best-actor categories. Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, and Craig may convene to lament their respective Academy snubs at this year’s Oscars, which will air on ABC.
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