James Coburn Rare Interview (Bruce Lee’s Hollywood friend)
James Coburn Rare Interview Bruce Lees Hollywood friend Coburn was to become a student of Bruce Lee and took regular martial arts lessons in Jeet Kune Do Bruces personal liberation method in fighting

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Bruce Lee’s Hollywood friend – James Coburn (Skip to 5:24 for Bruce Lee's discussion) Jay Sebring, Bruce’s hairdresser, introduced him to Steve McQueen, and in turn this lead to a long-term friendship with James Coburn. Coburn was to become a student of Bruce Lee, and took regular martial arts lessons in “Jeet Kune Do”, Bruce’s personal liberation method in fighting. Bruce developed a movie with James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant called “The Silent Flute”. In February 1971, with a completed script and Warner Brothers backing, Bruce flew to India with Silliphant and Coburn to scout locations suitable for a “timeless, location-less” movie set for the project. Sadly, this turned out to be the final nail in the coffin for this film and soon after this Coburn withdrew from the project, and with him, Warner Brother’s money. After Bruce’s success in Hong Kong cinema, James Coburn visited Bruce in April 1973 to try to persuade him to pick up the threads of the “Silent Flute”. He and Bruce gave an impromptu press photo opportunity at Kai Tak airport, but he met with little success. Bruce Lee’s second funeral in Seattle, Washington, was a very sedate and private affair and attended by only close family and friends. One of the coffin bearers was his Hollywood friend James Coburn. What follows is the first known interview with James Coburn in which he discusses his admiration for the late star, and Bruce Lee’s philosophy of martial arts and acting. This excerpt is taken from the TV show called “Backstage”, hosted by Johnny Grant, when James Coburn was promoting his then new film in 1980. “The Baltimore Bullet”.


Kriste Isopahkala : Damn. Such a thoughtful, charismatic guy. He seems so genuine, unlike the celebrities of today.

Dustin Blythe : I could listen to him read the phone book! Great guy and a real Renaissance man.

Rayvis79 : James Coburn was an amazing cat!!

Catatonic and Gin : James was a cool dude who understood Consciousness in all living things.

munchyman100 : Great interview super cool guy. Very deep and he trained with bruce lee !

epic style : James Coburn was a very smart thought provoking guy who captures your attention with his experiences in life and depth of charracter

Jakartaman : Cool guy with an incredible speaking voice. No one like him around any more, sad to say. Good actor too.

David Sidebotham : "We need an aim instead of responding to crisis" spot on!

God Sun : What A Great Man❤ Legendary Legend❤

Am SAL : 700lbs bag idk who you are you gotta kick with "pants" to make that bag move at a 130lb frame

Aikunle78 : Thanks for uploading and sharing

Nicky Depaola : The word "Hip" right here! James was so cool..**

Hootowl54 : Such a bright smile!

Scott Daniels : he should've been a news anchor with that voice.

retepyam5858 : Fantastic interview with a legend who has given me a few things to think about.

Mr Westie : James Coburn one hell of a actor and coooooooool cat!!! Bruce clearly loved his company and visa versa---bless em both.

The Lighter Side of Practical Shooting : Great actor, amazing voice. He really loved Bruce you can see that. I thought both Coburn and Bronson were outstanding in “Hard Times”.

G P : Does anyone know the year of this interview? Its looks early 1980s. Any ideas? Thanks.

Patrick Parker : Another one that hated socialism , wise thinking .

Funkyboodah : I hate how they cut short the Bruce Lee section to talk about some actress no one remembers anymore

FREEKAFlR : A great man from a great era before political correctness and leftism.

lara obrien : Gorgeous Man and he was in so much pain crippled with Arthritis!

Blinks Stay fresh : Coburn got emotional there for a sec. Theme dudes was tight with each other.

Tempo : What a classy and humble guy!!

Robert G. : Coburn was as cool as they come and a much deeper thinker than most of his contemporaries.

Karthik Manickavelu : He's the twin of Lee Marvin.

shr baaa : James Coburn made me cry when he said he misses Bruce Lee everyday. Thank you sir for sharing your emotions on Bruce Lee.

caesar valentin : According to Linda Lee interview, Bruce's Lee major was in philosophy and A E channel the biography of Bruce Lee.

caesar valentin : Whe did it take place this interview?

Roscoe bank : great that he mentions his songwriting with the talented yet oft underrated Lynsey de Paul

David Nicol : His 'Highest possible potential' means having to smoke! LOL

Zhen Chen : I know bruce can't wait to see James Coburn again

Zisis B. : I could listen to James all day, seemed like a down to earth gentleman.

Paul Bennett : great interview... seems to me he should have been an even bigger star. His looks (he looks Asian imho), his voice (would have been interesting if he voiced Darth Vader), his personna overall... he would have been a great Bond villain

catsarereallycool : Great actor.

gunny U.S.M.C : really cool My compliments sir

AH : Bruce Lee talk starts at 5:25.

ORANGE WETSUIT : Hey Coburn fans, check out DUFFY (1968). One of my faves!

Leonardo John Reyes : Just like Bruce Lee said that Coburn understood the philosophical part of The Martial Arts more than McQueen. Not to say that McQueen was a stubborn man. He was rather more physical than philosophical in a good way.

caesar valentin : I love him portrayed a German soldier on the tv series Combat. He was a natural.

kamuelalee : The Cool Generation personified.

Hanma Yujiro chijo saikyo no seibutsu aka ogre : bruce lee is amazing uniquely man every times . everbody could follow his philosophy but cannot replace or be like him because bruce lee could kick 700 pound punching bag in just one side kick

James Leonard : I liked him in all his movies but did not know that he was such a cool guy!

Kujtim Morina : Action trailer's voice

Neil O'Neal : Seems like a grounded, decent guy. The 7 year cycles, I've noticed it in lives of many people, and in reading biographies as well.

mandroid74 : He was a friend to Bruce leave the "Hollywood" off of it he knew and taught a lot of famous people hell he himself worked in "Hollywood"

A Rem : Waffel,waffel.

Old Cop : When I was a rookie cop in the late ‘60s my training officer was a James Coburn look/sound alike.

caesar valentin : Probably so I owe you that one but Matt made a mistake on one photo of Bruce fighting Robert Wall on the set of the movie Chinese Connection or originally named Fist of Fury. Thet actor is Bob Parker one of his favorite student who died of cancer in the 1990's