Oscars ’13: Shirley Bassey Does ‘Goldfinger’ in 2013 Exactly Like Shirley Bassey Did ‘Goldfinger’ in 1964

Shirley Bassey, Goldfinger

As many a wine-based analogy has taught us, there are many things that get a whole lot better with age. But some things don’t really have to — they were just fine to begin with. That can be said of the great Shirley Bassey, the singer who immortalized the title theme to the 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger.

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In the five decades that have passed since the songstress’ original performance of “Goldfinger,” it doesn’t seem that a single tweak or amendment has gone into her delivery. In honor of the 50-year anniversary of Agent 007’s cinematic lifespan, Bassey took to the Academy Awards stage to revive the musical number, in the exact form that we first saw back in ’64. Same notes hit, same slivering hand motions, same old charms.

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Check out Bassey’s original “Goldfinger” here:

[Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.