BRUCE LEE: DRAGON – The Ultimate Limited Edition


In constructing this book, I pondered the task ahead in a somewhat modified mindset compared to the preparation undertaken with the previous two volumes, ‘Bruce Lee: Mandarin Superstar’ and ‘Bruce Lee: The Intercepting Fist.’
These two books undoubtedly set a precedent regarding east-west research and collaboration, which created a better understanding of Bruce Lee from a multicultural perspective for the first time. With this next volume in the series, the danger of raking over ‘old coals’ (having already recounted this period in my book, ‘Bruce Lee: Legends of the Dragon’) initially sat at the forefront of my mind. But then it soon dawned upon me that a more comprehensive and detailed volume was undoubtedly needed to continue hot on the heels of the books mentioned above.
With a corresponding obsession (akin, or in comparison to a significant criminal investigation), Darren Chua and I began intensive detective work in a bid to gain that much-needed justification. With a wealth of unearthed material and information from previously untapped Chinese language sources and eyewitness accounts, a realisation of a bigger and better treasure source promptly manifested itself. Between April 1972 and the post-production of ‘Way of the Dragon’ in August, Bruce Lee travelled halfway around the world and continued to impress a watchful Hollywood hierarchy.
With a sensory perception akin to a predator in the wild, Lee would now sense international recognition within his reach. A poster displaying vultures overlooking a barren landscape that hung on his office wall around this period had undoubtedly echoed that sentiment with the heading, ‘Patience my ass, I’m gonna kill something,’ – a foregone conclusion as far as Lee was now concerned. Lee’s drive to produce the ultimate movie on martial arts had festered since his initial attempt with the Silent Flute project several years earlier. He had also consciously decided to work behind the camera, giving far more control over script, direction, and overall production alongside new partner Raymond Chow and their production company, Concord.
His recent failure in early 1972 to entice Warner Brothers into a co-production with ‘Green Bamboo Warrior,’ a lavish yet costly period-style production, became a realisation of financial concern and a lost opportunity to star in an international movie. This, and a near decision to work under the directorial guise of Lo Wei on a third collaboration, had caused a rethink regarding personal goals and direction.
For a determined Bruce Lee, this gave reason to prove his worth in the director’s chair with not only a more affordable project but one that would take him halfway around the world under not only his own terms but one that would give him free rein to finally in cinematic terms, totally express himself.
– Steve Kerridge

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Limited to only 200 copies – never to be reprinted in this beautiful collectors hardback edition.

This exclusive deluxe hardback is bound in ’Tang’ green cloth and featuring a centralised emboss/deboss matt/gloss foiled ‘Concord Productions’ logo with red/gold leaf title.

This beautifully produced masterpiece will be presented in a matching deluxe ’Tang’ green cloth slipcase with accompanied gold leaf emblem and debossed logo.

The casebound 400 plus page contents are presented on the highest 150gsm thread sewn uncoated quality art paper, complete with a unique gold gilded edge.

To obtain your copy, we will be opening our pre-orders on July 1st with the release date mid-November 2024

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