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Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dies at 91

Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dies at 91

British children's book author Michael Bond stands with stuffed animal toys of his characters Paddington Bear and J.D. Polson the Armadillo, June 27, 1981.

Bond, who left school at 14, wrote more than 100 books during a long career that also included stints in the British military in World War II and as a cameraman for the BBC.

"I never came across anybody who disliked my father".

In addition to Paddington, Bond created a host of characters including Monsieur Pamplemousse, the French detective, and a book of tales based on the adventures of Olga da Polga, a guinea-pig.

"Michael will be greatly missed by his legions of fans and especially by his wife Sue, his family and of course by his beloved guinea pigs".

Paddington is a marmalade-loving bear from "deepest, darkest Peru" who comes to live in London.




Presenter Stephen Fry tweeted: "So sorry to hear that Michael Bond has departed. He was as kindly, dignified, charming & lovable as the immortal Paddington Bear he gave us". Numerous children had name tags hung around their necks.

He has been enjoyed by generations of children, with more than 35 million books sold, the publisher said on Wednesday.

The character went on to inspire a series of books, a TV series and even a film - which was a hit in cinemas across the United Kingdom in 2014.

Ann-Janine Murtagh, HarperCollins executive publisher of children's books, told Sky News: "Michael Bond and his creation Paddington bear had so many things in common - a big heart, an infectious enthusiasm for life and a twinkle in the eye". Michael Bond was involved with Action for over 40 years, following a meeting with our founder Duncan Guthrie in 1976, where it was agreed that Paddington would support the charity as its official mascot.

Hugh Bonneville, who played Mr Brown in the first film and will do so again in the second, said in a statement: "It seems particularly poignant that we should learn of dear Michael Bond's death on the last day of shooting our second film about his unique, loveable creation".

Bond is survived by his wife and his children, Karen and Anthony.


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