Hey Oscar, Here's 50 Years of Bond

It could have been so much better

Shirley Bassey at the 2013 Oscars
Shirley Bassey at the 2013 Oscars
Photo: AMPAS

The 50 Years of Bond segment at the 2013 Oscars left most of us wanting and what confused me more than anything was the decision to have Adele sing "Skyfall" later in the show, a move clearly done to keep people watching, but do you really want your show to suffer as a result? The decision was to go with a series of clips and music and end with Shirley Bassey singing "Goldfinger". I can understand the want to honor the classic Bond, but couldn't the montage handle that?

Today a tribute to 50 Years of James Bond has come online from Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr. that manages to celebrate all 50 years, set exclusively to Adele's "Skyfall". It runs four minutes and had all four minutes somehow managed to use snippets of all the classic Bond songs, ultimately leading up to Adele walking out to sing her Oscar-nominated, and ultimately Oscar-winning, song, wouldn't that have brought the house down? [The Playlist]

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    Yeah, the Bond tribute was really disappointing. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I dislike it. I was really hoping they would get all six of the Bonds back together and I don't know why they didn't. If you can't get them together at the Oscars, don't do even bother with a tribute. Especially with the montage that they used. Shirley Bassey was fine, but Adele really would've been a perfect way to end it. The tribute really felt like a slap in the face for anyone looking forward to it.

    As for the video posted here, it is definitely way better.

  • viralvora

    I love adele but I'll be the first to admit that it wasnt the strongest lyric given that she had to make rhymes for "skyfall" she did a good job and I am glad that she is on her way to EGOT. but this video makes Skyfall sound so much more epic! loved the montage here - the one on oscars made no sense

  • Mike W

    THAT is what I wanted.
    Although, I think I got my hopes set too high for this. I had it in my head they would drive the Aston on stage and have all the Bonds together or some Bond themed Cirque du Soleil set to music.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SirTrey/ Sir Trey

    I didn't really have too many expectations for the Oscars Bond tribute...I dunno if they did anything, but had I heard that the BAFTAs were doing something that's who I would've expected something great from. Bond is Britain's first. With that said, I liked the montage but probably because I would've liked damn near anything, and I thought Bassey was a great touch.

    Delaying Adele till later was certainly strange though, and it would've been better to, after that first montage, possibly play a second one (like this above, which was AMAZING) and then introduce all six actors. Had they gotten all six of them on stage at once, that would've been unbelievable...I'd probably still be standing and clapping. I don't know if there's ever even been a gathering of all Bonds at any point.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SirTrey/ Sir Trey

      Though I'll say in their defense getting all six was probably an idea floated but one rather difficult to execute, Sean Connery doesn't come out for much of anything these days (hasn't made a public appearance in a couple of years) and isn't exactly friendly with EON...Brosnan isn't their biggest fan either due to how his tenure ended. And if Connery wasn't going to show (and to a lesser extent Brosnan) it wouldn't have been worth it. I love Dalton and Lazenby, but combined they only did 3 movies. Moore would've been guaranteed to show, likely Craig too, but that still leaves almost half of the series (and, arguably, its most important parts) between Connery and Brosnan missing if they didn't show.