And the winner is: No Time to Die at the Oscars

No Time to Die picked up one award out of three nominations in an award ceremony that acknowledged the 60th anniversary of the series.

Last night saw the 94th Academy Awards take place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Perhaps what this year’s ceremony will be remembered by many for the moment when Will Smith approached the stage to slap presenter Chris Rock for insulting his wife, continuing to rant at the presenter after returning to his seat.

No Time to Die was up for awards for theme song, sound and visual effects. In the end it lost out to Dune in two of those, with Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell winning the Oscar for best original song. That award seemed petty much guaranteed after the triumph of both Skyfall and SPECTRE in the same category. Rami Malek introduced the siblings performance of their song.

The sound design in No Time to Die was undeniably good, although it is difficult to compare it to Dune’s sound directly. It was clear Dune had the advantage going for visual effects though. The effects in the 25th James Bond film are often unnoticeable, whereas Dune required entire worlds to be created with sandworms, spaceships, and star fields.

The 60th anniversary the Eon series was celebrated with a two minute segment with selected clips from the James Bond films.

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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