Will The Six Spies 'Bond' At The Oscars?
It's less than two weeks until the most prestigious movie awards ceremony - the Academy Awards -takes place on February 24th 2013 and rumours are flying around everywhere about alleged appearances. One of the biggest is, in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie 'Dr No', all six actors who have portrayed the British spy (from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig) will show up for one huge reunion on the Oscars stage. But just how likely is it happen?
Sean Connery has, according to the Daily Record, been invited to attend the so-called reunion, as sources reveal that they've 'not had a no from him'. 'Normally he is quick to turn things down', they said. 'Sean's relationship with the Oscars is good and we're hoping he'll appear.' The paper also went on to claim that Sean's 'issues' with the producers of James Bond may deter him from attending the event, although we've always thought of him as seeming rather proud of being the original 007 star so it would seem odd for him to refuse on that account. On the other hand, according to the Edinburgh Evening News, the Scottish actor didn't even know about the rumours, with his press agent claiming that no-one has yet asked him to get involved.
One who would be likely to attend is Sir Roger Moore; a man who was loved by so many that he played the role of Bond for 12 years, completing 7 movies between 1973 and 1985. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of the franchise last year by releasing his book 'Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book On 50 Years Of Bond Movies' so it certainly seems like it's a part of his life he holds dear. He mentioned in an interview on the 'Today' show that it was like 'working with a family every 18 months' but regrets that he finished his book before he saw the latest 007 movie 'Skyfall'. 'I would write another chapter', he said. 'I think it is just the best Bond ever made.' However, as happy as he seems to be constantly associated with the fictional secret agent, he wasn't spotted at the 2013 BAFTAS on February 10th 2013 where 'Skyfall' won 'Best British Film'.
Obviously Daniel Craig will be expected to make an appearance. He is the latest incarnation of the spy and his movie has a handful of Oscar nominations - though none of which will go to him; 'Skyfall' is up for awards in the lesser categories of 'Cinematography', 'Music - Original Score', 'Music - Original Song', 'Sound Editing' and 'Sound Mixing'. On the other hand, this doesn't necessarily increase the likelihood of his attendance - like we said, he hasn't bagged any nominations this time round and the Oscars regularly snub the spy thrillers in the sought after 'Best Picture' and 'Actor/Actress in Leading Role' categories.
Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby were the briefest of Bonds, with Dalton playing the role for two movies and Lazenby just one. Lazenby could be one to show, given that 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' was his biggest break as an actor earning him a Golden Globe nomination for 'Most Promising Newcomer'. Although, he was never exactly what you'd call popular and is most probably the least favourite of all the Bond actors - for one thing, he's not British. But landing the role could be something of a matter of pride for the star, and his appearance would probably come down to that. As for Timothy Dalton, he pulled a short straw when he was cast as Bond with the rocky transition from the 60s and 70s to the late 80s. With James Bond being all about glamour and charm it's no wonder his movies struggled as glam in the 60s was very different from glam in the 80s; a change of taste in people's general movie preferences could possibly have had something to do with it. He hasn't been too busy lately and, with his most recent movie roles being limited to only voicing characters, it would be nice to see him back on TV with an Oscar reunion.
The most unlikely attendee, however, is Pierce Brosnan who recently made a suggestion in a video posted by TMZ that he wouldn't show up to the ceremony. On the way to his car in Malibu, he was asked by paparazzi if there was 'any truth in the rumour that all six Bonds may reunite for the Oscars'. 'Well, they'll be missing one', he replied after chuckling at the question. He is asked to confirm whether it will be Sean Connory not attending the event or himself, though the photographer spoke over his reply so it is as yet unclear what he meant. Speculation so far suggests that he could've said 'could be', 'we'll see' or, indeed, 'me'. It would be a shame if he were the only 007 not to make an appearance at the anniversary reunion; after all, he did do four seminal movies as the character. Worried that he would be seen as a one-trick pony, Brosnan has been doing his best to wave away the Bond label having attempted to establish himself as a star in many other films such as crime comedy 'The Matador', Golden Globe nominated musical film 'Mamma Mia!' and mystery movie 'The Ghost'. This would sort of suggest that he's unlikely to want to accept an invite to the Oscars - and would also explain the way he laughed at the idea of a reunion.
Here at Contactmusic we think it would be an excellent way to celebrate 50 years of superb action thrillers featuring Ian Fleming's beloved Secret Service agent. It would be the cherry on top of a delicious cake for the franchise, what with Adele set to perform the 'Skyfall' theme tune at the awards after winning a Golden Globe for it and the movie becoming the highest-grossing Bond movie of all time and, indeed, the highest ever in the UK. As unlikely as it looks to be, lets cross our fingers for an inspirational gathering of the stars that made 007.