The basis for Game of Death is not as extravagant as you might think. The problem is what was incorporated into the actual film itself. Nick, watch how Way of the Dragon was made, then understand that Game of Death was made in the same manner. Nothing magical by any means, it was a simple film with a simple story; mysterious island, kidnapping, drug lord, money, crime, good vs evil, martial arts, etc. What made it what it has become were the rumors over the years, but it was a simple story using mediocre methods. You cannot envision and compare Game of Death with that of a 2000 film, which is what many of the kids here are projecting in their minds, it's an old film. Three films tried to emulate Lee's idea for Game of Death, and all of them were very close, and those involved were in the know. It was no secret. Ramon Zamora came out with a Game of Death in 1974, George Lazenby with Shrine of the Ultimate Bliss in 1974 ,Joe Lewis with Force Five in 1981, all three incorporating Lee's original idea, an idea also borrowed for Enter the Dragon because Lee felt it was missing something, so the island, kidnapping and drug concepts were added. It's nothing special. However, the project Silliphant was working on with him, was.