Former Bond star Timothy Dalton has called on Academy Awards bosses to honour Skyfall at the 2013 Oscars, insisting the latest 007 blockbuster is "right at the forefront" of modern cinema.
The spy series has gained a slew of international nominations since 1962's Dr No, but has won only two Oscars - for best sound effects for 1964's Goldfinger and best special visual effects for its follow-up Thunderball.
However, Dalton is hopeful critically acclaimed Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig as 007, will be included in the Academy Awards lists when the nominations are unveiled on January 10.
He told Britain's Sunday Express: "It is absolutely time for Bond to get proper attention at the Oscars. On almost every level, this Bond movie is right at the forefront of what cinema is capable of.
"It is an absolutely modern James Bond, a movie truly of its time. Daniel Craig is fantastic and it feels very real. I thought the film was fabulous."
The comments came as Skyfall became the first movie ever to take Â£100 million ($157 million) at the British box office.
The 23rd official Bond film surpassed the landmark after becoming the highest- grossing film ever in Britain earlier this month when it overtook the Â£94 million generated by Avatar. Skyfall achieved the figure in just 40 days, while Avatar (2009) took 11 months to amass its total.
Globally, the new Bond film has taken more than $US1 billion ($969 million).
It is a mark of the franchise's continuing appeal as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Craig's third appearance as British secret agent Bond is still on general release more than two months after it first hit British cinemas. The movie sees Bond battling with villain Raoul Silva (played by Javier Bardem), who aims to take revenge on his former boss M (Judi Dench).
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