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The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Movie 1973) Poster

(1973 TV Movie)

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During the opening sequence of the show, the crash shown is actual footage of a crash of the M2-F2 experimental lifting body that was part of the research that eventually lead to the development of the space shuttle.
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The only Six Million Dollar Man story not to feature the character of Oscar Goldman.
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The traditional bionics sound effects are not heard in this film as they wouldn't be introduced until the series began (though some prototype sounds can be heard during Austin's run in the desert). There is also a minimum of slow motion photography used, though this became the show's trademark.
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In this movie only, Steve Austin is referred to as a civilian astronaut. In the subsequent series, Steve is a Colonel in the Air Force.
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Based upon the Martin Caidin novel "Cyborg", this was the only film adaptation of any of Caidin's original four Cyborg/Six Million Dollar Man novels. The remaining three: Operation Nuke, High Crystal, and Cyborg IV, were never adapted by the television series.
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Author Martin Caidin reportedly based the character of Dr. Rudy Wells on a real-life doctor who was doing experiments with bionics (though not to the superhuman extent of his fictional counterpart).
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Surprisingly, Steve's bionic eye is not used at any point in this first adventure (except for regular vision).
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Stock footage from Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) is used in this film. Notice just before Steve goes into get his bionics attached, the warm-up of the computers is the scene where Colossus was activated.
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