Two powerhouse female performances came courtesy of Dame Shirley Bassey and Adele at the 85th Academy Awards, in Los Angeles, on Sunday evening. Celebrating the popular James Bond franchises’ fifty year birthday, the two performers took to the stage separately at the Dolby Theater to commemorate the life of the fictional “007” character first created by Ian Fleming.
The welsh diva, Bassey, was the first of the two singing superstars to take to the stage, looking and sounding incredible at the age of 76, as she seemingly effortlessly performed her well-known hit Goldfinger from the 1964 film of the same name, starring Sean Connery. Bassey earned herself a standing ovation from the audience of nominees and film industry professionals and certainly set the bar high for performers that had to follow her.
Adele, the 24 year old Londoner, belted out Skyfall, the theme song from the 23rd installment of “007”and most recent of the James Bond movies, which is Daniel Craig’s third portrayal of the infamous secret agent.