Monday, 20 November, 2017

'Paddington Bear' Author Michael Bond Dead at 91

Michael Bond the creator of Paddington Bear poses with his Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Publisher Harper Collins says Michael Bond creator of globe-trotting teddy Paddington bear died on T Bond poses with his Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2015
Elaine Woods | 29 June, 2017, 18:50

The creator of the beloved, Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91.

Bond, who died at home following a short illness, had based the Peruvian bear on a soft toy he had found on the pavement outside Selfridges while doing his Christmas shopping.

Bond continued to publish books in the series, which has sold over 35 million copies worldwide, throughout his life.

Paddington 2, due for release in the United Kingdom on November 10 and in the US via TWC-Dimension on January 12, 2018, will set the bear on more adventures with the Brown family. He called it Paddington because he was living near a station with the same name. His career began at the BBC, before starting to work as an author.

He told Press Association during an interview in 2014: "What's nice about the film is the fact that all the cast are in it because they like Paddington, they've all been brought up with Paddington and there was a very nice atmosphere on set". But that beloved bear of his, which has endured almost six decades, promises to live on much longer - not only in books but also in the toy stores and screens, both big and small, that Paddington has graced since his introduction. The little bear appeared in some 20 books and a feature film - one of the most successful family films of all time.

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Last night, Mr Bonneville said it was poignant to have learned of Bond's death as filming finished on the second movie.

In the books, Paddington learns to drink tea and to play cricket.

Many Twitter users shared their sorrow over Bond's passing. He also wrote the children's book series Olga da Polga - about a guinea pig and her mouse friend Thursday - and a series of books for adults following a culinary detective named Monsieur Pamplemousse and his dog, Pommes Frites.

"He leaves a special legacy: long live the bear from darkest Peru", he said. Sushi. "I'm just going to tell him quickly how much I love Paddington".

Bond's latest Paddington book, "Paddington's Finest Hour", was published in April. Survivors include his wife, Susan Rogers, whom he married in 1981; a daughter from his first marriage, Karen Jankel; a son from another relationship, Anthony Barwell; and four grandchildren.

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