Четверг, 14 Декабря, 2017

Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dies At Age 91

Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, has died aged 91 Michael Bond dead: 'Paddington Bear' creator, author dies at 91
Freda Brock | 28 Июня, 2017, 17:40

'In Paddington, Michael created a character whose enthusiasm and optimism has given pleasure to millions across the generations.

Bond's daughter, Karen Jankel, spoke to the Guardian newspaper about her father's death. "I knew him for 45 years and rarely met anyone kinder or more gentle", he tweeted.

Matt Haig, the novelist who worked on the Paddington film, said: "Michael Bond created an icon of children's fiction".

Michael Bond, the creator of the beloved children's character Paddington Bear, has died aged 91.

"I was happy reading, so in that sense I wasn't lonely", Bond once told The Sunday Telegraph of his childhood.

Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books, said the duffel-coated, Wellington boot-wearing bear "touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations".

The last Paddington book was published in 2014, but Bond had also written other long-running chapter and picture book series, including the Olga da Polga series (1971-83) and Monsieur Pamplemousse (1983-2015) series.

Adopted by the kindly Brown family, the misadventure-prone bear went on to star in more than 20 books, several television series and a 2014 feature film.

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Bond said he based the character on a teddy bear that he bought for his wife as a stocking filler, and named him after the station he used for daily commutes.

Bond is survived by his wife Sue, two children, and four grandchildren.

She said: "For him, writing was his life".

Already, tributes to the bear and his creator are proliferating on Twitter.

He told Press Association: "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".

Charlie Redmayne, chief executive officer of HarperCollins, said he was "one of the great children's writers" who had left "one of the great literary legacies of our time".

Among them was one by children's author and TV star David Walliams, who wrote: "I had the great pleasure of spending time with #MichaelBond A dazzling wit & ideal gentleman".

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