Despite all the famous James Bond theme songs, none has ever won an Oscar for Best Song. The last to be nominated was “For Your Eyes Only,” in 1982, sung by Sheena Easton. Prior to that, only Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better,” written by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, and “Live and Let Die,” by Paul McCartney, got to the nomination stage.
As Oscar voting online begins today, it’s of note that Adele’s theme song for “Skyfall,” written by her and Paul Epworth, could be the first ever James Bond theme to win an Oscar. In our poll that’s been twice with different choices, “Skyfall” has handily won each time out.
Of course, an Adele performance on the Oscars would be ratings gold since no one’s seen anything of the shy singer since before she gave birth to her baby. And her last real TV performance was on the Grammys in February 2012.
When “Skyfall” was released this past fall it went to number in a matter of minutes on iTunes. This column broke the news of its existence, and its lyrics, before anyone.
Other songs in the Oscar mix this year include Jon Bon Jovi’s “Not Running Anymore” from “Stand Up Guys” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0NO89Z3YSQ; Keith Urban’s “For You” from “Act of Valor” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWK1sG3spiE; Jessie J’s “Crazy Bout You” from “Silver Linings Playbook,” written by Diane Warren, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSLOR2cRouU; “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables’; and “Love Always Comes as a Surprise” from “Madagascar 3,” written by Peter Asher, of Peter and Gordon fame.