James Bond producers to receive honorary Oscars

The producers of the James Bond movies will receive honorary Oscars at a ceremony this November, the Academy said, as anticipation swells for the announcement of who will next play 007. The award "is a testament to their success as producers of the fan-favourite Bond series and their contribution to the industry's theatrical landscape," said Academy President Janet Yang in a statement.

The Bond producers will receive their award along with other luminaries including Quincy Jones and Richard Curtis. Trail-blazing musician, composer and producer Jones has received seven Oscar nominations previously for his work on such films as In Cold Blood, The Wiz and The Color Purple, without winning.

British writer and director Curtis, 67, created Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral. The latter earned him his only previous Oscar nomination, for best screenplay. As co-founder of Comic Relief, which raises money for charity, he will receive the Jean Hersholt statuette, which is specifically for humanitarian work by a film industry figure.

The honorary Oscars honor industry veterans, many of whom are felt to have not received their dues at the regular Oscars. This year, a fifth honorary Oscar will go to Juliet Taylor, the acclaimed casting director behind Taxi Driver, Annie Hall, Sleepless in Seattle and Schindler's List.