Thanks to Hollywood, our culture has developed a particular fondness for cyborgs over the past few decades. These not-always-friendly hybrids of man and machine first started appearing in the 60s and their popularity has only grown over the years. For an extensive look at Hollywood’s relationship with cyborgs, we’d first like to recommend this handy guide we dug up on the web, called Cyborgs on the Screen. Seemingly everything you could ever want to know about cyborgs is compiled into one handy chart!
For instance, you will find that, in film, audiences met their first cyborg in 1963, in the very first James Bond film, Dr. No. In the next decade, Star Wars the reputation of cyborgs would only get darker, thanks to everyone’s favorite villain, Darth Vader. And in the 80s, this formidable guy made his presence forever known to movie audiences.
Conversely, on television, cyborgs first appeared in 1966 on the British science-fiction series, Dr. Who. During the 70s, they surprisingly changed from foe to friend, thanks to a pair of lovable cyborg government agents, Steve Austin and Jaime Summers, better known as The Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman, respectively. Let’s take a look at the happy pair, showing off their bionics.
Of course, whatever goodwill our bionic friends built up in the 70s was promptly disassembled the following decade, with the arrival of the evil Borg on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
After some 40 years of cyborg activity in film and television, do you have a particular favorite when it comes to these man/machines? Share your thoughts on Retroland, as we take this opportunity to ponder the presence of cyborgs in pop culture.