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Sunken Garden Film Series

Now in its eighth season, the Free Summer Cinema series at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden has solidified itself as a wildly popular tradition. 

Screenings are on Wednesday evenings at UCSB's Campbell Hall and Friday evenings in the Sunken Garden at 8:30. The series is made possible by a collaboration between Arts & Lectures, the Office of Arts & Culture & Santa Barbara County Parks

People are encouraged to brings picnics and jackets as it gets chilly at night in Santa Barbara. Low-back chairs are welcome, as are non-synthetic blankets (to help keep the lawn lovely). Please keep in mind that the County is not responsible for any items left unattended on the lawn. We hope to see you there!

This program is curated and produced by Arts & Lectures. County Parks and the Office of Arts & Culture proudly host and facilitate the events. We thank the First District Office for their sponsorship.

2017 Summer Courthouse Film Lineup: 007: Bond, James Bond

*Wednesday screenings will be at UCSB Campbell Hall



Wed., July 26*               You Only Live Twice

& Fri., July 28              (starring Sean Connery, 1967, 117 minutes)

When James Bond (Sean Connery) and the Japanese secret service ninja force uncover a sinister global conspiracy, they must stop the culprit of a series of space hijackings before nuclear war breaks out. In this epic film, 007 faces off with the archetypal supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence), most often seen petting his Persian cat. With a screenplay by Roald Dahl (yes, that Roald Dahl), the film features space travel, ninja assassins, and a pool of deadly piranhas. With its unprecedented extravagance, clever one-liners and straight-faced camp, the film makes for lively and unpredictable fun.

Wed., August 2 only*   On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

(starring George Lazenby, 1969, 142 minutes)     

(Note:  Fiesta at the Courthouse – no Courthouse screening)

James Bond uncovers an audacious biological warfare scheme involving beautiful women from around the world and must infiltrate a hidden stronghold in the treacherous Swiss Alps. Bond (George Lazenby) tracks his arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas) to a mountaintop retreat, where he’s brainwashing an army of “angels of death” to sterilize the world’s food supply. Along the way, Bond meets his match in one of the most intriguing Bond girls of the series, the troubled and adventurous Tracy Draco (Diana Rigg).

Wed., August 9*            The Spy Who Loved Me

& Fri., August 11        (starring Roger Moore, 1977, 125 minutes)

British and Russian nuclear submarines go missing, leading superspy James Bond (Roger Moore) to team up with his alluring Soviet counterpart Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) to battle a megalomaniac shipping magnate Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens) intent on destroying New York City and creating an undersea kingdom. Bond’s globe-trotting assignment has him skiing off cliffs, driving a car deep underwater, and battling Jaws (Richard Kiel), a seven-foot giant with terrifying steel teeth. Featuring sleek style, menacing villains and sly wit, this film begins with one of the most iconic opening scenes of all time.

Wed., August 16*          GoldenEye

& Fri., August 18        (starring Pierce Brosnan, 1995, 130 minutes)

When a powerful satellite system falls into the hands of an ally-turned-enemy, only James Bond can save the world from an awesome space weapon that could destroy the earth in one pulse. 007 (Pierce Brosnan) is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move, former agent 006 (Alec Trevelyan), a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred. Bond also squares off against Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon. Of special note, Bond’s supervisor, M, is portrayed by a woman (Judi Dench) for the first time. GoldenEye modernizes the franchise from its characters to its gadgets and boasts a heart-stopping opening scene and one of the best finales of the series.

Wed., August 23*         Skyfall

& Fri., August 25        (starring Daniel Craig, 2012, 143 minutes)

When James Bond’s latest assignment goes terribly wrong, it leads to a calamitous turn of events: Undercover agents around the world are exposed and 007 must take to the shadows to track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Former agent Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), a cerebral criminal mastermind, has stolen the identities of every MI6 agent in a revenge plot against MI6 boss M (Judi Dench). Bond (Daniel Craig) investigates in a case that takes him to some of the world’s most exotic corners – Shanghai, Macau, Glencoe. Expertly directed by Sam Mendes and featuring an Academy Award-winning theme song sung by Adele, Skyfall is a smart, sexy and riveting thriller.