James Bond to be honoured at Oscars ceremony

The Academy Awards will pay tribute to 50 years of Bond movies

James Bond is to be celebrated at this year’s Oscars with a special tribute honouring the film franchise’s 50-year history.

The ceremony, which takes place on February 14 from the Hollywood & Highland Centre in Los Angeles, will honour the British spy flick with a sequence which is set to “salute” the Bond franchise.

In a joint statement, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said: “We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday. 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.”

Skyfall, the 23rd bond movie, which was released last year (2012), has been a critical and commercial hit. Starring Daniel Craig in the lead role as James Bond, the film was the first in the film franchise’s 50-year history to take over $1 billion worldwide.

The previous highest earner in the franchise was 2006’s Casino Royale – Daniel Craig’s debut as the new Bond – which took just under $600 million from the cinema box office when it was released.

Meanwhile, Skyfall, helmed by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, became the first 007 movie to make it onto the shortlist for the Best Film nominees of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). According to The Examiner, 75% of PGA nominees make it onto the shortlist for Best Picture at the Oscars.