The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences recognizes 50 years of music for James Bond films. It held a gala at its Beverly Hills headquarters honoring the famed film series in general and its musical themes in particular.
"The James Bond Theme," a surf rock-styled guitar riff written by Monty Norman, arranged by composer John Barry, and made famous by guitarist Vic Flick for "Dr. No" has become an integral part of the series. Five decades later it is still a pop culture phenomenon, seen widely at the 2012 London Olympic Games as the music behind a televised skit involving Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
Each Bond film opens with a signature song -- and Grammy-winning English singer Adele will be providing that to the upcoming 007 film, "Skyfall," which opens in October.