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James Bond Heading to the Oscars: Ceremony Will Honor 50th Anniversary of Superspy Film Franchise

Academy announces plans for special presentation during Feb. 24 telecast to pay tribute to legendary screen presence.

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    Sean Connery as British spy James Bond.

    The name's Oscar. Um, that's it, really.

    But come the Feb. 24 ceremony, the name will be Bond, James Bond, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that its 85th annual broadcast would include a tribute to the legendary cinematic superspy.

    And hey, we already know he looks good in a tux.

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    The special celebration of the James Bond franchise will be featured in honor of the 50th anniversary of Ian Fleming's creation, currently incarnated by Daniel Craig.

    There's no word yet, however, if Craig or any of the past Bonds will be taking part in the presentation.

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    "We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," Oscar telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said. "Starting with 'Dr. No' back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon."

    The latter of which was proven only recently when "Skyfall" became the first-ever Bond film to cross the billion-dollar mark at the box office.

    As for the rest of the vaunted night's honorees: The Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 10.

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