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An early concept photo for Bond's iconic pose. It was rejected. | Photo courtesy of twaize via flickr

No, really - did some memo go around saying all film festivals had to be scheduled within the same two-week period? The Polish Film Festival continues, flanked by the South-East European Film Festival & the last stands of the Los Angeles Jews & the Pacific Asian subcontinent. But with all the talk of Iran lately, the Noor ("light" in Arabic) Film Festival may prove the most noteworthy. While stark, realistic Iranian New Wave films by the likes of Abbas Kiarostami & Mohsen Makhmalbaf have nabbed accolades at Western film festivals for decades, less "artsy" films like the historical epic Flags of Kaveh's Castle & crime thriller In The Dark reveal a different side of the country. This theme of revelation & East-West conflict motivates much of the festival, coming to a most human (and most absurd) head with Donkey In Lahore, undoubtedly the first and only documentary to follow a Gothic Australian puppeteer, his teenaged Pakistani fiance & her traditional Muslim family.

Ah, but there's an even more thrilling way to globe-trot. "Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?" "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to watch!" Relive the glory days of everyone's favorite spy with The Best of James Bond at the Aero this weekend. The series features everything missing from last year's Quantum of Solace: smooth operation, sophisticated gadgets & little people throwing hats. With only three double-features and nearly 50 years to choose from, there's plenty of shut outs (sorry Pierce Brosnan fans, Timothy Dalton admirers, and George Lazenby's mom), but it's hard to argue that Sean Connery's exploits are anything but mod-era milestones, or that Roger Moore's blockbuster Bonds aren't fun rides.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!