Michael Bond, creator of the children’s book classic Paddington Bear, died at his home Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 91 years old.
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Paddington, a cuddly anamorphic bear transplanted to London from “deepest, darkest Peru”, first appeared in 1958’s A Bear Called Paddington. He has since appeared in countless books, a TV series, and a 2014 movie starring Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as Paddington.
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Bond was inspired to create Paddington, in part, by sights of children evacuated from WWII-era London wearing name tags around their necks. “Paddington, in a sense, was a refugee, and I do think that there’s no sadder sight than refugees,” he said.
Bond, who was also responsible for characters like JD Polson the Armadillo, sold nearly 35 million books in his lifetime; a sequel to the first Paddington film is due later this year.
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