The car explosion featured during the opening sequence in Central Australia after the car rolls over had car-door fly off the vehicle, the projectile missing the director Brian Trenchard-Smith and the camera unit by about a couple of feet. Correct explosion stunt process requires such a component to be chained to the vehicle so as to prevent it flying off and hitting someone. However, despite this, the flying door actually adds to the excitement of the shot.
During the final fight, George Lazenby did the stunt where his character catches fire and goes on fighting himself - only for it to go wrong when he was unable to get his burning jacket off. The take of him struggling is kept in the movie. Lazenby received minor burns to his arm from doing this stunt.
First ever Australian-Asian movie co-production. The production was co-produced between Hong Kong's Golden Harvest films and Australia's The Movie Company and Greater Union with some investment from the Australian Government's Australian Film Development Corporatio (AFDC).
In 1975, this movie's main theme song "Sky High" went to No. #3 on the USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart, No. #9 on the UK Singles Chart and No. #2 on the New Zealand Charts. In 1976 in Japan peaked at No. #2 on the Oricon Singles Chart.
About 85% of this movie is set in Australia with about 15% set in Hong Kong, according to director Brian Trenchard-Smith on the film's DVD Audio Commentary. He maintains that because this picture was a joint Australian-Hong Kong co-production which required half of the film to be shot in each country, a number of the Australian-set scenes (which seem to have been mostly interiors) had to be filmed in Hong Kong in order to achieve a 50% filming quota there.
Yu Wang was injured during filming when he crashed his hang glider into rocks in Sydney Harbor. Jimmy Wang Yu (Yu Wang) fell 100 feet from the disabled glider onto a sand dune. The accident left him knocked unconscious. According to the DVD Audio Commentary, Yu Wang was absent from filming for two days.
This movie was partially inspired by the James Bond movie franchise. A number of elements about this movie reflect this: The film's main movie poster was of the panoramic action scene design typical of the Bond movie posters of the period; co-lead star George Lazenby had actually played James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969); the villain's lair is a top suite penthouse as was the case in the then recent Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever (1971); the movie features a key action sequence set around a famous landmark, in this case, Uluru/Ayers Rock, the world's largest rock formation in Central Australia; the hero character has more than one love-interest; a catchy memorable song ("Sky High") features during the credits and was a song not dissimilar to the type of easy-listening Bond Song that had frequented that movie series; whilst the movie also segues into the opening credits at a training camp a la From Russia with Love (1963).
According to the DVD Audio Commentary and the documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008), the fight scene atop of the elevator between Wang Yu and Brian Trenchard-Smith allegedly involved real fisticuffs, the punches thrown at the latter allegedly being real punches. Reportedly, the two had a strained relationship during the shoot. As Wang Yu is credited as a co-director in some prints, as such, this movie represents an instance where a film's rival two directors have literary fought it out on the set.
This movie was originally rated R (18+ years and over admitted) in Australia. Critics and the director have said that this classification hurt the movie at the Australian box-office. When this movie was released on VHS video-cassette in Australia during the 1980s, it was still rated R. However, when this film was classified for DVD in Australia by the Office and Film and Literature Classification on 29/10/2008, the movie was rated MA (restricted to persons 15+ years and over) thereby garnering a lower classification rating.
This movie's director Brian Trenchard-Smith has described this picture on the DVD Audio Commentary as "...a veritable smörgåsbord of martial-arts mayhem, James Bond spoofery and general thud and blunder".
This picture's director Brian Trenchard-Smith said of this film in 2001: "I am proud to have been the architect of Australia's first co-production with Asia. The time is ripe for more of them. Taking a fresh look at Dragon Flies (1975) now 28 pictures wiser and still learning, I wince a little at my errors in judgment, but on balance feel it has a lot of entertainment value for action fans with a retro sense of humor. I grew up on early James Bond, so I have always been amused by the crypto-fascist superhero who causes enormous destruction of property and loss of life in the name of justice. So I set out to blend the conventions of the thud-and-blunder thriller with the delirious excesses of the Kung Fu genre. Perhaps it is fortunate that there are only 18 minutes of my dialogue in 106 minutes of non-stop action. I think the picture's energy and sense of fun made it a success across the world. I want to thank the cast and crew for all the support they gave to help me through my first picture...Everyone else, switch off your politically-correct inhibitors, settle back for a couple of hours of laughs and gasps."
At least two sequences including the petrol station scene were cut from this movie for its American release in the USA due to the distributor's belief that the dialogue in these scenes was too Australian.
This picture was partially inspired by the James Bond movie franchise and a number of this movie's story elements were in common with the then most recent and latest James Bond movie, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). For starters, both pictures were similarly titled, both having a title prefix "The Man..." ; both movies included outlandish very 70s style car chases; both pictures featured martial-arts and both films featured Hong Kong as a key location. This movie was made and released about only seven months after The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
This movie was partially inspired by the James Bond movie franchise and a number of this movie's story elements were in common with the then recent James Bond movie, Live and Let Die (1973). Both films featured drug smuggling as a storyline; both pictures had hang-gliding sequences and both movies had a villain who was known by the alias, Mr. Big.
This 1975 action movie features hang-gliding which became a popular sporting pastime in the 1970s. This movie is considered to be partially influenced by the James Bond franchise. Of the two James Bond movies in which hang-gliding appears, Live and Let Die (1973) and Moonraker (1979), both were made during the 1970s, as was this movie.
According to the book 'History and Heartburn: The Saga of Australian Film 1896-1978' by Eric Reade, director Brian Trenchard-Smith received nine offers of co-production after this picture was launched theatrically.
Billed as a take on the James Bond movies, this film actually featured a fight in a kitchen, something which didn't take place in a Bond movie until Never Say Never Again (1983) and The Living Daylights (1987).