Organisers at the upcoming 85th Academy Awards on Feb 24 will include a tribute to the 50-year-old franchise.

The James Bond series was buoyed this year by the record $1bn-wordlwide success of Skyfall.

“We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

“Starting with Dr No back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon.”