Other than a few song nominations (and wins) and the occasional technical mentions, the Academy has tended to snub the James Bond franchise.
However, I love the Bond films so here are 6 times that I think 007’s latest adventure should have been nominated for best picture!
I not only think that From Russia With Love should have been nominated for best picture, I also think that it should have won. This film featured Sean Connery at his best and it’s one of the few Bond films to work not only as an adventure but as a romance as well.
I’m not a huge fan of Daniel Craig’s interpretation of the character. If Connery was Killer Bond and Roger Moore was Charming Bond, Craig often seems to be Whiny Bond. That said, Skyfall was not only one of the best Bond films but one of the best films of 2012 as well.
Nobody does it better! Not only was this Roger Moore’s best Bond film but it’s a wonderful piece of pop art.
This is one of the most underrated of all of the Bond films. Ignore all the gossip over how George Lazenby came to play James Bond and you’ll discover that it is a Skyfall for the 60s.
“No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!” Goldfinger is over the top perfection.
Live and Let Die will probably never be acclaimed as the other Bond films but I don’t care. I love it. It’s the closest the Bond franchise ever came to achieving the anything-goes insanity of a classic grindhouse film.
Will a James Bond film ever receive a best picture nomination? Normally, I’d say no. But Mad Max: Fury Road changed the rules (for the better). Given the right Bond, the right director, the right story, and the right year, who knows what could happen?