Oscars 2013: James Bond overshadowed by Adele, Bassey

Feb. 25, 2013 | 10:34 a.m.
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Adele performs the Oscar-winning song "Skyfall" onstage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images

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Halle Berry backstage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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Dame Shirley Bassey performing during the 85th Academy Awards. Credit: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science

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Dame Shirley Bassey performing during the 85th Academy Awards. Credit: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science

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Dame Shirley Bassey performing during the 85th Academy Awards. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images

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Adele performs onstage, seen from backstage during the Oscars. Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

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Adele performs onstage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images

The Oscars managed to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series without a single Bond actor taking the stage.

The Academy Awards brought out a Bond girl, Bond song singers and showcased a montage of the beloved action film franchise – but not a glimpse of Daniel Craig or Sean Connery.

Former Bond girl Halle Berry introduced the montage of Bond moments and called Bond music “a genre all its own.”

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Dame Shirley Bassey proved her entirely correct. Not bad for a 76-year-old star. Bassey and Adele were the true Bond stars of the night, with performances of the titular theme songs “Goldfinger” and “Skyfall,” respectively, that brought down the house.

Bassey, backlit by golden columns and wearing (of course) a gold dress, brought a touch of class to her touchstone song. She was followed later in the night by Adele: With a variation of “Skyfall’s” title sequence in the background and a well-populated chorus backing her up, the pop superstar turned in a fantastic rendition of the Academy Award-winning song.

And that was the 50th anniversary celebration: Berry, Bassey and Adele. No past Bonds, no villains sneaking behind the curtains — just music and a montage.

The theme of the night was music, after all, with host Seth MacFarlane falling back on song and dance multiple times, and a fully attended performance by the cast of “Les Miserables.”

Regardless, whether due to scheduling difficulties or a maturation of the series, it was a new experience seeing Bond himself upended by his own songs.

Beyond the Bond commemoration, “Skyfall” became the most successful film in the series at the Oscars, winning for Adele’s song and for sound editing.

It was also nominated for cinematography, original score and sound mixing, topping “The Spy Who Loved Me’s” three nominations, and was the first Bond film to win an Oscar since “Thunderball” in 1965.

Consider it a testament to the series’ longevity that 50 years after its release, the latest entry in the series toppled previous box office records (grossing $1.1 billion worldwide) and broke its own records in Oscar gold.

–Morgan Little

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10 Responses to Oscars 2013: James Bond overshadowed by Adele, Bassey

  1. Joseph Henken says:

    The Bond celebration fell short. It was a 3 minute build up to "What Happened,Where was the Celebration ? Just like last nights event it fell short, especially with the host who did not show up at all !

    And the bit with Mark Whoberg ,a disgrace…

  2. John Schmidt says:

    Shirley Bassey and Adele were awsome. The rest of the 50th Aniversary of Bond was just sad. Probably my last year of watching the awards. The problem is that these people take themselves and the industry way too serious. I love moives, but I just can’t watch this stuff anymore.

  3. Cayo Hern says:

    I agree…they should have had appearances by ALL of the various Bond actors as part of this celebration. How many more years will that be possible?

  4. Michele says:

    The Bond tribute was absolute rubbish as was most of the Oscar ceremony

  5. Arral A. Phipps says:

    Shirley Bassey's performance was one of the best things I have ever seen on TV.

  6. David Garnes says:

    Shirley Bassey rules!!

  7. musicmadcook says:

    Loved Halle Berry's dress! I thought she stole the show when she made her entrance in this dress. Awesome!!

  8. Coleman Boseman says:

    Berry was born Maria Halle Berry, though her name was legally changed to Halle Maria Berry at the age of five. Berry’s parents selected her middle name from Halle’s Department Store, which was then a local landmark in her birthplace of Cleveland, Ohio.

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