Michael Bond, 'Paddington Bear' Creator, Dead at 91

Jay Jacobs
June 29, 2017

His passing was announced by Bond's publisher, HarperCollins, which stated he had suffered a short, unspecified illness.

Bond published his first book A Bear Called Paddington, about a marmalade-loving, duffle coat clad bear in 1958, and went on to write more than 20 volumes regaling stories of the now classic character.

The books about Paddington bear are sold around the world circulation of more than 35 million copies.

Shooting on a new Paddington film wrapped up this week.

Meanwhile, author Aaron Gillies posted: "Paddington Bear is a brilliant story about an immigrant trying to find a new home in a odd country".

A crowd of about 30 Paddington Bear fans (mainly adults, it has to be said) encircled the statue, all clamouring to speak to him. He left with a £75 publishing deal and the momentum to leave his job at the BBC, where he had risen to be cameraman on a new children's programme called Blue Peter, and become a full-time writer.

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The event took place on Sunday at the Olympic Arena in Athens, Greece with 15,000 fans in attendance. He wants to beat the United States wearing Greek team colors. "I'll be waiting for them somewhere".


While there is a wide variety of Paddington Bear themed items available, from clothing to umbrellas, and of course Wellington Boots, Paddington was also in a television advertisement for Marmite in the United Kingdom and has featured on stamps and used in marketing for his favourite food, marmalade. They named the bear Paddington in good humor as they were living near Paddington Station at the time.

The stop motion animated series followed a mixture of fantastical characters who inhabited the garden wall of a country estate.

In his Paddington books, Mr.

Looking back on that moment, Bond told The Guardian in 2014 that he was also likely inspired by another memory, at another train station: the evacuee children he would see come through Reading Station during World War II.

StudioCanal has paid tribute to Michael Bond by posting an emotional video montage on Twitter, saying he will be missed by many. Michael's latest Paddington novel, Paddington's Finest Hour, was published in April 2017 by HarperCollins.

Bond is survived by his wife, Sue; children Karen and Anthony; and four grandchildren. "There are few things sadder in life than a refugee", Bond said.

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