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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 (it gets chilly at night in Santa Barbara). Low-back chairs are welcome, as are non-synthetic blankets (to help keep the lawn lovely). 

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

*Wednesday screenings will be at UCSB Campbell Hall




Wed., July 5*                 Dr. No

& Fri., July 7                (starring Sean Connery, 1962, 110 minutes)

British superspy agent James Bond (Sean Connery), codename 007, is sent to the Caribbean to investigate the death of a fellow British operative. Bond is forced to confront the villainous scientist Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), with the help of seashell peddler Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) and a CIA agent (Jack Lord). Establishing the franchise’s definitive humor, action, escapes and thrills, Dr. No introduced the world to one of the most enduring figures of Western cinema: Bond, James Bond.

Wed., July 12*               From Russia with Love

& Fri., July 14              (starring Sean Connery, 1963, 115 minutes)

In this razor-sharp Cold War thriller, James Bond (Sean Connery) willingly falls into an assassination ploy in order to retrieve a stolen Soviet encryption device. Bond takes on the evil secret crime organization SPECTRE and a devious former KGB agent, Rosa Kleb (Lotte Lenya). To escape with his life, Bond must rely on his wits in a series of deadly encounters with the enemy, including a battle royal on the Orient Express with the cunning assassin Red Grant (Robert Shaw). With its nearly-plausible plot and electrifying action scenes, this gritty Bond film was a sensation with audiences worldwide. Sean Connery ranks the film as his favorite, as does his latest successor, Daniel Craig.

Wed., July 19*               Goldfinger

& Fri., July 21              (starring Sean Connery, 1964, 110 minutes)

Arguably the quintessential Bond film, this landmark in the series finds 007 face to face with one of the most notorious villains of all time whose devious scheme is to obliterate the world’s economy. Bond (Sean Connery) must outwit and outgun the powerful tycoon Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), a petty plutocrat who cheats at cards and is a contender for having the most famous evil dialogue ever in a Bond film. Featuring Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), the Bond girl with the most improbable name in the series, and Oddjob (Harold Sakata), the unforgettable henchman with a lethal-rimmed bowler hat.

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.