Derek Watkins, the British trumpet player who played on every James Bond film soundtrack, has died aged 68, his close friend said today.
Adele has picked up the Best Original Song Oscar for the James Bond theme Skyfall, which she co-wrote with Paul Epworth.
Less than a fortnight after its release, the latest instalment in the James Bond franchise Skyfall has become the box office hit of the year
James Bond will return but it will be without director Sam Mendes according to Empire magazine reports.
The American Beauty director had already said that he would only do a single Bond movie and despite Skyfall's massive success it seems he will not be returning to the franchise.
Empire quotes Mendes as saying; “It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie.
"Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."
Naomie Harris, who played an MI6 agent alongside Daniel Craig's James Bond in Skyfall, today posed alongside an East Coast Train named after the film before it journeyed from London's Kings Cross station to Edinburgh.
The train, which was emblazoned with the Skyfall logo, was promoting the film's release on DVD on Monday.
Before the nominations are even announced William Hill has put odds of 66/1 on the latest Bond film to win the Best Picture Award for the first time in its 50 year history.
Spokesman Rupert Adams said, “Bond is the longest running movie franchise in history and Skyfall the most successful in that 23 film series, you have to think it has a chance of delivering the big one."
But despite optimism about Skyfall's chances it is still trailing Stephen Spielberg's Lincoln - 10/11, Les Miserables - 9/4 , and Life of Pi - 20/1. The British spy lags with odds of 66/1.
Skyfall, the latest James Bond adventure, has become the first picture to make £100m in UK cinemas, the film's publicists said.
James Cameron's 3D epic Avatar made around £93 million in UK box offices in 2010.
Organizers of the Golden Globes film awards will unveil their nominations shortly.
Actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Helen Mirren, Robert De Niro and Sally Field are tipped to make the list along with films including Skyfall, The Master, Les Miserables and Argo.
James Bond hit Skyfall has become the highest grossing film ever at the UK box office.
In just 40 days it has taken £94.28 million to surpass the previous record-holder Avatar.
James Cameron's Avatar took £94.03 million over an 11-month period following its release in late 2009.
The James Bond movie series celebrated a milestone this year with the 50th anniversary of the first Bond movie Dr No in October.