Legendary singer Dame Shirley Bassey will open this year’s BAFTA Film Awards ceremony.
The veteran and powerful singer will perform the opening number at the Royal Albert Hall in London next Sunday evening, in a special performance to mark the 60and anniversary of the James Bond franchise.
Dame Shirley will give an exclusive performance of an iconic Bond theme song, the choice of which will not be revealed until the evening.
She is the only singer to have composed the soundtrack for several Bond films throughout her career, having recorded the themes for the films. The golden finger, Diamonds are forever and moonraker.
Since the first James Bond Dr. No was released in 1962, the franchise has enjoyed tremendous critical and commercial success over the years, including 32 BAFTA nominations and 4 wins to date.
Actress Emilia Jones, nominated for her performance in CODA.
Emilia Jones will perform the powerful ballad “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell, a song taken from her performance in the film CODA.
Dunes is the leading contender at this year’s awards ceremony, with 11 nominations. Western by Jane Campion The power of the dog follows with eight, while Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical film Belfast has six.