Famous Producers of the World Strived to Employ Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee and James Coburn

The popularized Bruce Lee, not only became the target of the producers in Hong Kong and Taiwan, but also was an inportant star in the eyes of the producers in Europe and America.

They included eight big companies in Hollywood - Warner Brothers, MGM, Columbia, United Artists and Fox.

Bruce Lee Meeting James Coburn Meet and Raymond Chow

Taking a short-cut, Fox sent Bruce's close friend James Coburn to be the persuader, and invited Bruce to work in a film, hoping to get Bruce first through their close relation.

Bruce Lee and James Coburn Meet at Airport

James Coburn and Bruce Lee were good friends. They had a teacher-and-student relationship, and had worked together too. Before Bruce entered the Mandarin film world, he had planned to film together with James a film, "The Silent Flute."

They had been to India to survey the exterior site, and had stayed there for a long time. On the basis of this close relation between the two, doubtless Fox was in a favourable position.

Bruce Lee, James Coburn and Raymond Chow at Airport

In April of 1973, as James Coburn and another high-rank executive of Fox arrived in Hong Kong, Bruce and Raymond Chow went to meet them in the airport.

James Coburn and Bruce Lee

Later Bruce brought them to see his film in the cinema, and discussed about the plan of filming together.

Bruce Lee Airport Arrival

Unfortunately, three months later, Bruce suddenly left the world, leaving the plan unfinished.

Comments 

 
#1 Monkey key 2014-08-09 21:27
April 1973, are you sure? Bruce Lee had he finished the shooting of Enter the Dragon?
 
 
#2 hardy magna 2015-10-13 06:43
Yes, I'm wondering about the date... it is possible that James Coburn flew to Hong Kong in 1972.
 
 
#3 hardy magna 2015-10-13 06:44
I have a question.... was Bruce Lee approached by James Bond producers/United Artists to appear in the Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun, released in 1974?
 

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