Disappointing James Bond Tribute as Oscars!
I am not a person to sit and watch awards shows. However, I was interested in the 50th anniversary tribute to the James Bond films on the Oscars tonight. From my understanding, it was supposed to be a musical tribute, and to my understanding, that should include a mix of all of the Bond themes. Right?? Well, The Academy blew it. Big time.
There are two other things associated with James Bond movies; the first are the beautiful and sexy Bond girls that have tempted and seduced 007, and the second are the accompanying movie themes. It all started with the great Shirley Bassey singing the theme for Goldfinger in 1965, the third movie in the series but the first to incorporate a vocal theme instead of strictly instrumental. Bassey came back to sing the title tracks to Moonraker and Diamonds Are Forever. I love Shirley Bassey, and I enjoyed watching the videos of her performance tonight.
Bassey was the first of many, many great performers to join the elite group of those that can list having James Bond movie theme on their resume. This collection of all-stars includes Carly Simon, Paul McCartney, Nancy Sinatra, Rita Coolidge, Madonna, Tina Turner, Sheena Easton, Moby, Alicia Keys and Jack White, and most recently Adele, just to name a few. Now there is yet another tier to this elite group of musicians to which only one name is on the membership roll. Why? Only one theme has ever reached #1 on the Billboard Music Charts in the United States. No, Paul McCartney and Carly Simon only got as far as the #2 spot. Adele is at #8 currently. Duran Duran sang the title track to A View to a Kill in 1985 and it went to #1. That’s something to be proud of! They not only got the chance to do a Bond theme, but they took it to where no one has yet to take it…past or present. Okay, A View to a Kill was not the most memorable of the Bond movies, however Grace Jones was outstanding as May Day, villan Zorin’s bodyguard (played by Christopher Walken). And it had a great chase scene between Bond (Roger Moore) and May Day on the Eiffel Tower. Duran Duran used the same landmark to make Bond their video for their #1 theme, which is one of my favorites!
So this was supposed to be a big musical tribute to 50 years of James Bond. Where was the collection of memorable Bond themes? They stand out in the music world. They are instantly recognizable. So why weren’t they given their due? And Duran Duran could’ve shown the world why they have the distinctive honor of having the only #1 James Bond ever. With all of the amazing possibilities that the Academy could have done with this tribute, they bombed. Two thumbs down!!
Watch Duran Duran’s awesome video with “Bon. Simon Le Bon,” Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor:
Posted on February 25, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged 007, Bond movie themes, Bond movies, Duran Duran, Grace Jones, James Bond, Shirley Bassey, The Oscars 2013. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.