Can Adele break Oscar curse for Bond films with win for song ‘Skyfall’?

It is shocking that no James Bond theme tune has won an Oscar for Best Original Song. But Grammy darling Adele could change all that.

Her title track for “Skyfall” is currently in second place according to our exclusive odds behind the new song “Suddenly” penned for the film version of the Broadway musical “Les Miserables.”

(Take a listen to Adele’s song below.) 

None of the tunes that kicked off the Sean Connery films even received nominations.

Those snubbed include chart toppers like Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds are Forever,” Tom Jones’ “Thunderball” and Nancy Sinatra’s version of “You Only Live Twice.” “Diamonds are Forever” was rumored to have shocked academy members with its raciness, which is confusing since the eventual winner was the “black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks” — i.e., “Shaft” by Issac Hayes.

It wasn’t until 1973 and the first of the Roger Moore film — “Live and Let Die” — that a Bond tune was nominated. This mostly instrumental song by Paul and Linda McCartney lost the award to the theme for “The Way We Were.” 

The franchise earned two more nominations in the Roger Moore era: Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better,” composed by Oscar favorite Marvin Hamlisch for 1979’s “The Spy Who Loved Me,” lost to “You Light Up My Life”; and “For Your Eyes Only,” sung by Sheena Easton, was bested by “Arthur’s Theme” in 1981. 

As Pierce Brosnan and now Daniel Craig assumed the role, the Bond filmmakers employed high profile singer-songwriters such as Sheryl Crowe, Bono, Madonna, and Jack White. However,  none of them made the final academy cut.

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So, if Adele’s theme to “Skyfall” takes her to the podium this February, she will have done what many of music’s biggest stars failed at — winning the Oscar for Best Song — something that the infamous “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle and Flow” managed to achieve.

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