Creator of Beloved Character “Paddington Bear” Dies At 91

Paddington Bear first appeared in the book “A Bear Called Paddington” in 1958, as a little stowaway from “Darkest Peru” who arrived in London’s Paddington station wearing a sign saying “Please look after this bear. Thank you.”

Films, Book And Shows

The Brown family adopted the bear, naming him Paddington after the station he was found in. The furry adventure-seeker went on to star in a 2014 feature film, as well as numerous television series and over 20 books.

Ann-Janine Murtagh, The executive publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books issued a statement about Bond, saying he “will be forever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffel coat and wellington boots, which touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations.”

Paddington Bear is an icon in the world of children’s characters, immortalized in print, onscreen, and in the form of countless merchandise from toys to posters and costumes.

News of Bond’s death arrived on the final day of shooting for the upcoming Paddington film.

The history of Michael Bond’s legacy

Michael Bond was born on January 13th 1926, and served in both the British Army and the Royal Air Force during World War II. He began his writing career while stationed in Egypt.

Years later, working as a BBC cameraman, Bond created his most famous character ever.

A stuffed teddy bear he gave as a Christmas gift to his wife Karen inspired Bond to create marmalade-loving, duffel-coat-wearing Paddington bear.

When asked about Paddington’s enduring adoration from children and adults alike, Bond said: “ There’s something about bears which sets them apart from other toys . . . Bears have this quality that children in particular feel they can tell their secrets to and they won’t pass them on”.