TV Movie | TV-PG | | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After an astronaut and test pilot is catastrophically mutilated in a test plane crash, he is rebuilt and equipped with nuclear powered bionic limbs and implants.
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).
Dr. Frankenstein, I presume?
Steve's remaining arm is left intact when in real life it would have to be amputated and replaced with a bionic arm because the original arm and the replacement limb could not properly function alongside each other. This is because the organic arm can't perform some of the feats of strength that a bionic arm can without receiving an injury or tearing off. In fact, Rudy is indeed shown amputating Steve's existing human arm in the BIONIC MAN comic - the amputation is done for Steve's personal safety, not just his health and well-being, which as a doctor, Rudy would be intensely concerned with.
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