Superspy James Bond will be a featured guest at next month's Oscar ceremony.
The Beverly Hills-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that the Oscar telecast will include a special tribute to the Bond film series, which marked its 50th anniversary in 2012 with the blockbuster release Skyfall.
"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a joint statement. "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."
Skyfall, featuring Daniel Craig as the British secret agent, recently became the first film in the series to cross the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.
The 85th Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.