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The Academy Celebrates 50 Years of James Bond in Films

The Academy Celebrates 50 Years of James Bond in Films

"If the thought of martinis, luxurious locales, and all those Bonds dressed up in a tux isn't enough to make you murmur 'oh, James!' .. . guess Who Else is coming?"

We are in countdown mode to the 85th Academy Awards which will air on Sunday, February 24th. This year's ceremony will feature a special 50th Anniversary Tribute to MI6's finest agent, the much-loved icon James Bond. Starting with Dr. No in 1962 through this year’s Skyfall, there have been 23 films in the series making it the longest-running motion picture franchise in cinema’s history.

How has this globetrotting hero kept-up his swag for so long? Maybe it's the cars, the villains, the gadgets, or the opening sequences. Or maybe it has something to do with his unshakable devotion to his Queen, Her Majesty.  

Good thing James has so much experience with multi-faceted women (Ursula Andress, Halle Berry, Grace Jones) because he'll be sharing the stage with multi-Grammy winner Adele, an Oscar nominee herself for co-writing Skyfall - and two others who know how to help calm pre-50th jitters, Dame Shirley Bassey of Diamonds Are Forever and Goldfinger, and multi-Oscar winner Barbra Streisand.

And while the pundits don't seem to agree on a shoo-in for the Best Picture statuette (Will win: Argo Could win: Lincoln Should win: Zero Dark Thirty) praise is universal for the staggering performance of Daniel Day-Lewis as America's 16th president at the end of the Civil War as he struggles to get the anti-slavery amendment through the House. His win would make Hollywood history as the first man to win the Best Actor Award three times!  

Playing his wife Mary in Lincoln is Sally Field, who also knows a thing or two about receiving the Best Performance in a Leading Role award (she's not as iconic as James Bond but she's almost as heroic in having gone from Gidget to Sybil to Norma Rae) - do you remember these great scenes from multiple-Oscar winners?  

Jodie Foster
Meryl Streep
Sally Field
As FBI trainee Clarice Starling, a top student whose shrewd analyses of serial killers has landed her a special assignmenent in The Silence of the Lambs In a part written for Bond Girl Andress, speaking 3 languages but needing none, Sophie's Choice, voted the third greatest performance of all time. In her tour-de-force role, mill worker Norma Rae stands on the table holding up the sign UNION as one-by-one, her co-workers decide to make a choice

But there's only one actor who would really know what Daniel Day-Lewis may be feeling - it is Katharine Hepburn, who won the Best Acting Oscar four times, seen here as the imprisoned and scheming Eleanor of Aquitane in The Lion In Winter (ps, there's a young Hannibal Lechter in this movie, and there's a young James Bond in it too!)

Who are your Oscar picks for this year?   What is your favorite movie scene?  Are there any performances you think the Academy has overlooked? 

Here is a video treat for all of our Movie Lovers of SheSpeaks  - - and we hope you have a great time watching the Oscarcast! 
 

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  • CHICKENS By CHICKENS
    02.20.13  

    My Oscar Picks: 1. Best Picture: Lincoln 2. Best Actor Lead: Daniel Day Lewis 3. Best Actress Lead: Naomi Watts 4. Best Actor Supporting: Tommy Lee Jones 5. Best Actress Supporting: Sally Field 6. Best Director: Steven Spielberg I think we need to see more comedies and more independent films on the list.

  • christinlilly By christinlilly
    02.20.13  

    I love LOVE LOOOOVVVEE Bond movies!! I think it was the only thing I had in common with my dad growing up HA HA HA!! I still think the best bond was Sean Connery, although Daniel Craig just might be a close second!

  • TheNotSoPerfectHousewife By TheNotSoPerfectHousewife
    02.20.13  

    Oh I am sooo on a James Bond kick right now. Daniel Craig has me totally hooked!! The REELZ channel as been playing double Bond movies all week and i'm loving it!!! Not sure about all the Oscar picks, but I'm looking forward to the special Bond celebrations!!

  • GingerAlexandria By GingerAlexandria
    02.20.13  

    While I've never gotten into watching the Oscars...I am a James Bond fan...Didn't realize there were so many movies in the franchise....time to play catch up.

  • hblysko By hblysko
    02.20.13  

    I am the worst when it comes to catching up on Movies or watching classics that are on my "to watch" list. I've been dying to see Skyfall but it never happened. One of these days I get to watch of my favorite movies.

  • brandy824 By brandy824
    02.21.13  

    This blog is so well written. It has gotten me all excited about the Oscars. The research in this blog is amazing. I can say I learned a bit history today regarding great actors of all time. In addition, I am current on who are the nominees. Thank you "SHE SPEAKS", for providing history and information about the Oscars. After reading this, I think I will be well dressed (as if I was there) while I am watching on tv. In fact I may have a martini as you mentioned!!!!

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