Skyfall gives Bond first Bafta award in 50 years

The film, directed by Sam Mendes, beat stiff competition from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Anna Karenina and Seven Psychopaths. It was the first award for the 007 franchise since 1963, when it received a nod for cinematography for Ted Moore’s From Russia With Love. Aside from that, it has received 42 nominations over the past 50 years, largely for technical awards rather than the more glamorous acting or best film categories.

It also took the award for best original music by Thomas Newman, including the title track performed by Adele. Dame Judi Dench, who played M, leapt up with excitement as the result was announced.

Accepting the award, Michael G Wilson, one of the producers, thanked all those who had worked on the franchise to ensure it was ‘loved throughout the world’, adding: ‘This is a first for the James Bond film.’

Newman, thanked the original creators for the ‘iconic title track which always makes everyone stand up and smile’, as he accepted his composer’s award. The recognition will bring fresh hopes for further success at this year’s Oscars, where a special celebration honouring the Bond franchise is already planned. Skyfall was nominated for a total of eight awards at the Baftas this year, including Dench, who lost out to Anne Hathaway in the best supporting actress category. It was the first time she had been recognised by Bafta for playing M, and follows her 17-year stint in the role.
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