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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
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<<< May 1 - 3, 2009 >>>

The Best of James Bond: Agent 007


An Aero Theatre Exclusive!



The year was 1963. John F. Kennedy was President, TOM JONES won Best Picture and "Combat" was the top action series on ABC. With little fanfare, United Artists launched, in wide release, a spy movie called DR. NO with an unknown British actor in the leading role. Theater owners grumbled that it starred "that limey truck driver" and if you had called a theater in Los Angeles that week and asked what was playing, a manager might have mispronounced him as "Seen Connery." They might have grumbled at the lack of star power and marquee value, but they couldn’t argue with the box office returns, which reached new heights at Christmas 1965 when THUNDERBALL brought in the type of numbers we see today for SPIDER-MAN and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. Since then, Bond has endured through multiple interpretations and against a changing global-political landscape, right up to his hard-edged current incarnation as played by Daniel Craig. The American Cinematheque will present four Sean Connery Bond classics, as well as a double feature of the best Roger Moore Bond films. Bond expert Steven Jay Rubin to introduce the screenings. Bond drawing for prizes!



Friday, May 1 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

DR. NO, 1962, MGM Repertory, 111 min. Dir. Terence Young. Now almost taken for granted, this initial adaptation of Ian Fleming’s spy novels was a subversive breath of fresh air, depicting for the first time a secret agent who was an unapologetically suave, promiscuous -- not to mention homicidal hero. Sean Connery proved amazingly popular as the ultimate sexy beast, James Bond, ushering in the entire 1960s spy film craze. One of the best of the Bond films, with its Caribbean locale, Ursula Andress’ sensual presence as the feral nature girl and Joseph Wiseman as the evil mastermind with black metal hands. Trailer

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, 1963, MGM Repertory, 118 min. Dir. Terence Young. Sean Connery’s second 007 outing more than lives up to expectations with Bond scouring exotic Istanbul for an elusive Lektor decoding machine. He’s helped by sly Pedro Armendariz and seductive Russian spy Daniela Bianchi, as well as hunted by Aryan super-killer Robert Shaw and sinister, butch Lotte Lenya as stiletto-toed Rosa Kleb. The nerve-shredding fist fight between Connery and Shaw aboard the Orient Express is not to be missed. Bond expert Steven Jay Rubin will introduce the screening. Trailer



Saturday, May 2 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

GOLDFINGER, 1964, MGM Repertory, 111 min. Dir. Guy Hamilton. "Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?" "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die …" cackles homicidal villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), as he prepares to re-arrange 007’s secret equipment with a laser beam, in what is widely considered to be the best of the classic Sean Connery Bond pictures and a high point in 1960s pop culture. (Dig the Aston Martin! the Shirley Bassey-sung theme song!) Co-starring the saucy Honor Blackman as Bond’s nemesis-turned-partner Pussy Galore, with Shirley Eaton as the gold-painted girl, Harold Sakata as mute assassin Oddjob, and the venerable home office team of Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell and Desmond Llewelyn. Terrific production design by series veteran Ken Adam. The film’s mod zeitgeist credentials are underscored by Bond’s priceless observation: "Drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above a temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit? That’s as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs …" Trailer

THUNDERBALL, 1965, MGM Repertory, 130 min. Dir. Terence Young. We have to admit this is one of our favorite Bonds, with three of the most dynamic Bond women ever: Claudine Auger as Domino, compromised heroine and mistress to eyepatch-wearing villain Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi); fiery Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe, an extremely lethal femme fatale; and Martine Beswick as Paula, Bond’s assistant. Bond has his therapeutic rest cure cut short when a British bomber with two A-bombs aboard is hijacked by SPECTRE and secreted below the waters of the Caribbean. Winner of the Oscar for Best Special Effects (John Stears). Bond expert Steven Jay Rubin will introduce the screening. Trailer



Sunday, May 3 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, 1977, MGM Repertory, 125 min. Dir. Lewis Gilbert. Easily the best of the 1970s Bond films, SPY stars the impeccable Roger Moore as 007, teamed with icy Russian agent Barbara Bach against underwater kingpin Curt Jurgens and his lethal arsenal – which includes metal-toothed hitman Jaws (Richard Kiel) and femme fatale Naomi (Caroline Munro). Terrific stunts, a sharp, witty script by Christopher Wood and sexy, world-saving adventure courtesy of Moore & Co. Everything a Bond film should be. Trailer

LIVE AND LET DIE, 1973, MGM Repertory,121 min. Dir. Guy Hamilton. In his first outing as James Bond, Roger Moore takes on heroin magnate Yaphet Kotto and romances the gorgeous Jane Seymour. Blaxploitation meets elegant spy thriller in this chase-filled roller-coaster ride, which places Bond in a world of Caribbean gangsters and voodoo. The classic title song is by Paul McCartney. Trailer