James Bond – 50 Years of Saving the World
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pull myself away from doing James Bond projects.
My latest somewhat unexpected one wasn’t planned. It seemed every Bond fan was doing their own tributes to mark 007’s 50th anniversary, so I really didn’t feel the need to add another one to the list. Besides I have my hands full doing my Bond film reviews, I don’t need any more Bond projects put on my To Do List. However, after being very disappointed with the Bond tribute that was featured on the Oscars it was enough to prod me to do my own.
There was a lot of anticipation leading up to it. On top of the possible rumors that all six Bond actors appear onstage together would of made it the biggest Bond tribute possible! That didn’t happen. The Academy simply had Halle Berry intro a muddled montage and the only saving grace was Shirley Bassey singing Goldfinger. It was more of a testament to Bassey’s talents than the legacy the 007 films have made, not only in the hearts of fans, but in cinema in general.
So soon after I was able to shake off my shock at that was all the Oscars did for Bond (not counting awarding Skyfall two Oscars) I began my own 007 tribute.
This initially started out being very different. I originally wanted to incorporate five different Bond songs running through this montage, but it just got too jarring and I just wasn’t happy with how it was coming out. I was ready to abandon it, but started working on it again (that’s why I finished this so long after that Oscar night). I decided to just rely on the only Oscar winning Bond song, Adele’s Skyfall to provide the background music.
It may not be the best tribute video, but I would certainly argue it’s better than what the Oscars did. At least there’s no intro by Jinx!