Shirley Bassey leads Oscars 50th birthday tribute to James Bond
Bassey, 76, wearing a gold dress, gold necklace and gold earrings, appeared on stage following a film and music tribute to the Bond movie franchise, which began in 1962 with the first Bond film "Dr. No," starring Sir Sean Connery.
Last year, "Skyfall," the 23rd installment of the Bond series - the longest-running motion picture franchise in history - was released and became the highest-grossing Bond film, crossing the $1 billion mark at the global box office.
British singer Adele, 24, who swept the Grammys last year with her soulful heartbreak album "21," continued the Bond theme later in Sunday's Oscar ceremony with her rendition of the Bond theme "Skyfall," which has won the Golden Globe and Critics Choice accolades for Best Song this year.
Bassey has become synonymous with the Bond franchise, singing the theme songs not only for "Goldfinger," but 1971's "Diamonds are Forever" and 1979's "Moonraker."
The Welsh diva was preceded on the Oscars stage by actress Halle Berry, who appeared as Bond girl Jinx in the 2002 movie "Die Another Day," starring Pierce Brosnan as Bond.
"Tonight, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond in motion pictures," Berry said, adding that the music of the films "is as inextricably linked to Bond as the martini, exotic cars and Pussy Galore."
Halle, who won a Best Actress Oscar
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