James Bond Oscars Tribute: 50 Years Of 007 Celebrated At Academy Awards

Oscars Celebrate 007 With Stirring Tribute

"Skyfall" failed to earn a nomination for Best Picture, but that doesn't mean the 85th annual Academy Awards were without 007.

To honor 50 years of James Bond, Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron put together a special James Bond Oscars tribute of the famed and fictional secret agent. Singer Shirley Bassey, who recorded the theme songs from Bond favorites "Goldfinger," "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Moonraker," performed on the telecast.

Halle Berry, a Bond Girl herself, introduced the tribute, making sure to mention Bond staples, including martinis, exotic cars and Pussy Galore. "Bond music is a genre all its own, guaranteed to make your heart beat faster and take your breath away," she said.

After a montage of some of the best Bond moments in history, Bassey took the stage and belted out "Goldfinger."

"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," Zadan and Meron had previously said in a statement. "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."

In the weeks before the show, there had been speculation that the James Bond Oscars tribute would include past James Bond actors, from Daniel Craig to original 007 Sean Connery. (In all, five men have played James Bond, with George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan being the others.)

Before the broadcast Brosnan shot that idea down, telling press that he wouldn't be attending the show. "They'll be missing one," Brosnan allegedly told the Press Association earlier this month when asked about the prospect of a Bond reunion at the Oscars.

The Oscars were all about James Bond this year, as "Skyfall" earned five Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Song for the film's title track. Adele, who sings "Skyfall," was expected to win an Oscar -- the first for the Bond franchise since "Thunderball."

For more on the Oscars' 2013 ceremony, including a full list of Academy Awards winners, check out the live blog below.

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