I’m not much of a movie guy, but I dig James Bond. I’ve dug James Bond since back when it was still cool to use the terms “dig” and “dug” to show how much you liked something.
So earlier this month when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that there would be a segment honoring 50 years of Bond films, well my mind began to race. Wouldn’t it be cool if they could get all six of the actors who played James Bond on the stage together for the first time ever? However, accomplishing this feat isn’t exactly as easy as one might think.
Sean Connery, for one, long ago retired from making movies and even retired from making public appearances in 2011, so getting him to appear seems like a stretch. And let’s face it, without the original Bond showing up, well, what would be the point? Add into the mix the unlikely chance that George Lazenby’s boss at the fish & chips shop where he works would allow him a full weekend off, and the odds of making this gathering a reality seem slim.
But that is exactly what The Academy is trying to make happen.
From Vanity Fair:
A day after it was announced that Adele would perform her Oscar-nominated James Bond theme song, “Skyfall,” for the first time live at next month’s Academy Awards, a rumor is circulating the Interweb that the Academy will further pad the James Bond portion of the February 24 program. Producers have already revealed that the show, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, will feature a 50th-anniversary tribute to the iconic British spy, most likely a montage celebrating the franchise’s 23 films. A new report, however, speculates that all six of the actors who have played Bond over the years—Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig—will unite for the first time ever at the Oscars as further tribute to the Ian Fleming character. While producers have confirmed both the Adele and anniversary-tribute aspects of the program, there’s been no word on a possible reunion—not exactly a surprise, since, as Entertainment Weekly notes, Academy Awards tributes are usually kept under wraps until the show.
If, in the tradition of improbable Bond endings, they actually do manage to pull this off, it will surely rank up there as one of the most iconic moments in Oscar history. Stay tuned!
TRIVIA CONTEST: Technically there was one other actor besides the six listed above who played the part of 007 in films. The first person to name that actor in the comments section below will get a free copy of the new book Traders at Work: How the World’s Most Successful Traders Make Their Living in the Markets. Good luck!
UPDATE: We have a winner, well actually two as their answers and timestamps were the same. The answer was “David Niven.” Although a “gray area” answer, I would have also accepted “Peter Sellers.” And remember, I did say “in films” so all those who portrayed Bond on TV, radio, or stage don’t count.
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