25 February 2013 - Los
Adele has won the Oscar for Best Original Song for Skyfall, the
first Academy Award presented to a James Bond film in 47 years.
Skyfall, which failed to top the official UK singles chart, also
becomes the first Bond theme to win an Oscar. Co-writer Adele had earlier
given her first ever live performance of the 23rd Bond song in front of a
packed Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Choking back tears, Adele thanked her
co-writer and producer, Paul Epworth for "believing in me all the time".
The 50th Anniversary of the James Bond franchise was celebrated by a
montage of clips introduced by Bond Girl Halle Berry, and a live
performance of 'Goldfinger' by Dame Shirley Bassey.
Skyfall was also
joint winner in the sound editing category (a rare tie shared with Zero
Dark Thirty), with the award being presented to Per Hallberg and Karen
At the BAFTA ceremony
held on 10th February at London's Royal Opera House, Skyfall was
presented with two awards. The first was for Outstanding British Film;
director Sam Mendes, writers Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and producers
Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli were on hand to receive the award.
In his acceptance speech
co-producer Michael G. Wilson said that "Skyfall was conceived 60
years ago when Ian Fleming wrote the first James Bond novel. It was born
50 years ago, when 'Cubby' Broccoli and Harry Saltzman produced the first
film. And since then it has been nurtured by a whole host of directors,
actors, cast and crew, so that today James Bond is loved throughout the
world and it is on behalf of those filmmakers that Barbara and I accept
Director Sam Mendes said
that "1,292 people worked on this movie and I stand here on behalf of all
of them. We all had very high expectations for the film, and it's think
fair to say all of them have been exceeded and this really is the icing on
the cake. So thank you very much BAFTA".
Mendes added, "There are
two people I want to say a special thank you to. I want to say thank you
to the person around whom we built this movie and without whom the movie
could not happen, and that of course is Daniel Craig [applause].
For his bravery and his brilliance and his friendship and his sheer bloody
mindedness. And last, but by no means least, I want to say thank you to
someone who's not here, to the great Ian Fleming who, 60 years ago, almost
to the day, sat down and wrote: "He was a secret agent and still alive,
thanks to his exact attention to the detail of his profession." Here’s to
the next 50 years, thank you very much."