Sunday, October 07, 2012

Skyfall, Adele & Oscar's History with James Bond

I've heard some raving about the Adele song ("Skyfall") for Sam Mendes latest turn on the James Bond franchise. I agree that the song performed by Adele and written by Adele and Paul Epworth is a great Bond song.

But of course, you never know exactly what will happen in the Academy Award category for song.

But thinking of Skyfall, I thought I would pull the data regarding the Bond franchise and Oscar nomination/win history, confirming my suspicion that it's been a long time since a Bond film has been nominated for an Oscar. 

In fact, if you look at the history outlined below you will only see 2 Oscar wins ever, one for sound effects (Golfinger, 1964) and the other for Visual Effects (Thunderball, 1965).

A handful of Oscar nominations have gone out, and the song category has seen Bond films show up 4 times.

But there has been no love for Bond at the Oscars since the 1981 song nomination from For Your Eyes Only

Can Adele do something that the past 11 films spanning two decades have not been able to do...get an Oscar nomination? 

And can Adele do something that has never happened...an Oscar win in the song category for a Bond film?

The James Bond film history with Oscar is below as well as a video with the song. Listen, while you read.
  • Dr. No (1962) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • From Russia With Love (1963) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • Goldfinger (1964) - Won Oscar Best Sound Effects (Norman Wanstall)
  • Thunderball (1965) -Won Oscar Best Special Effects, Visual (John Stears)
  • You Only Live Twice (1967) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • Casino Royale (1967) - Nominated for Best Original Song ("The Look of Love," Burt Bacharach & Hal David)
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - Nominated for Best Sound
  • Live and Let Die (1974) - Nominated for Best Original Song ("Live and Let Die," Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney)
  • The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - Oscar Nominations for Art Direction, Original Score (Marvin Hamlisch), and Original Song ("Nobody Does it Better," Marvin Hamlisch & Carole Bayer Sager)
  • Moonraker (1979) - Oscar Nomination Best Visual Effects
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981) - Nominated for Best Original Song ("For Your Eyes Only," Bill Conti & Michael Leeson)
  • Octopussy (1983) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • Never Say Never Again (1983) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • A View to a Kill (1985) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • The Living Daylights (1987) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • Licence to Kill (1989) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • GoldenEye (1995) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • The World Is Not Enough (1999) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • Die Another Day (2002) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • Casino Royale (2006) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins
  • Quantum of Solace (2008) - No Oscar Nominations/Wins


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