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James Bond's 50th anniversary celebrated at Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar won't be the only chiseled man in the spotlight at the 85th Academy Awards.

Telecast producers say the show will also feature a celebration of Bond, James Bond.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Friday that the show will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise, which they describe as "the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon."

The most recent Bond film, "Skyfall," was released in November and has made more than $1 billion worldwide — a franchise record.

Nominations for this year's Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 10. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.



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Jan 5, 2013 4:18AM
It would be cool to have Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Broznan and Craig altogether for this!!
Jan 4, 2013 9:54PM
Finally, a reason to watch the Oscars.
Jan 5, 2013 8:19AM
Funny how "Oscar" decides to celebrate the 50 years of Bond films, the longest-running franchise in filmdom, but never once has any actor's performance in a Bond movie been recognized by the Academy.  If it weren't for the worldwide prestige, it'd serve "Oscar "right if Bond turned its back on the golden boy just as he's turned his back on Bond for the past 50 years.  After all, Bond just keeps chugging along, without any help from "Oscar."
Jan 5, 2013 7:54AM
Enough!!! How many more times must they be told that Bond is NOT the longest running franchise going???? That belongs to Godzilla! Their at 28 and counting. Oh yea, because it's a fantasy film icon it doesn't count right?
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