James Bond films to be 'saluted' in Oscars ceremony

News of a 007 sequence in the Oscars ceremony has sparked rumours of a nomination for Skyfall

The 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise will be celebrated in a 007-themed sequence at this year's Oscars ceremony in February.

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

There are 23 official Bond films to date, making it the longest-running and, with the exception of Harry Potter, most financially successful film franchise in history.

The announcement has fuelled rumours that the latest 007 movie, Skyfall, which broke the $1 billion mark at the box office, is in line for a best picture nomination.