THE GOLDFINGER SNUB
Wonderful news that the Academy Awards will be paying homage to the 50th anniversary of James Bond. There may be a on-stage reunion of most of the actors and a number of Bond Girls (including Fantasy Femme Lana Wood who played Plenty O’Toole in Diamonds Are Forever) were interviewed for a featurette. And best of all Dame Shirley Bassey will be on hand hopefuly to belt out the should-have-been Oscar-winning song for 1964 “Goldfinger.”
Yes, folks not only did one of the most popular title tunes in history, with one of the most recognized beginnings in only a few notes, not receive the Academy Award it wasn’t even nominated! The music branch of the Academy was like the old boys club back then and nominated schmaltz and drivel over and over written by their compadres.
The Oscar in 1964 went to “Chim Chim Cheree” from Mary Poppins. The favorite choice of five year olds nation wide. The other four songs to get the nod over “Goldfinger” were YAWN the title tunes from Dear Heart; Where Love Has Gone: and Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte plus “My Kind of Town” from Robin and the 7 Hoods. All classics that we remember so well today…NOT!
Also snubbed that year were all the instant classic songs from The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. And forget about any song from an Elvis or beach movie. The Academy already passed over one of Elvis’s prettiest songs “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” from Blue Hawaii so “Viva Las Vegas” didn’t stand a chance.
Lets hope this year the Academy makes up for snubbing “Goldfinger” and “For Your Eyes Only” (I thought”Live and Let Die” over rated and hated “Nobody Does It Better”) and finally bestows the little golden man on the well-deserving “Skyfall.”