|Born||Derek William Douglas Bond
26 January 1920
|Died||15 October 2006
Wandsworth, London, England
|Spouse(s)||Annie Glover (1977-2006) (his death)
Ann Grace (1942-?) (divorced) 1 child
Gail Miller (1970-?) (divorced) 1 child
Life and career
Derek Bond was born 26 January 1920 in Glasgow, Scotland. He attended Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Hampstead, London. He saw active service with the Grenadier Guards in North Africa during the Second World War, for which he was awarded the Military Cross. He spent the last few months of the war in Stalag VII-A, a Bavarian POW camp.
He enjoyed a varied film, stage and television career, which began in 1938 with experience with the Finchley Amateur Dramatic Society. His conventional good looks secured him a number of dramatic and light comedy roles. He made a lasting impression in the title role of the Ealing Studios production of Nicholas Nickleby (1947).
He was President of the Actors' Union Equity for a tempestuous period during the 1980s. In 1984, because of his intention to perform in South Africa (the country's apartheid system was the cause of a UN-backed cultural boycott), a motion urging Bond to resign was proposed, but rejected, in July 1984. He later resigned when a ban on members working in South Africa became union policy after his return to the UK.
Derek Bond was married three times. He died 15 October 2006, in London, and is survived by his third wife Annie, a son, a daughter and a stepson.
- The Captive Heart (1946)
- Nicholas Nickleby (1947) (title role)
- The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947)
- Uncle Silas (1947)
- Broken Journey (1948)
- Scott of the Antarctic (1948) (as Oates)
- Marry Me! (1949)
- Christopher Columbus (1949)
- Tony Draws a Horse (1950)
- Trouble in Store (1953)
- Svengali (1954)
- Gideon's Day (1958)
- The Hand (1960)
- Wonderful Life (1964)
- Saturday Night Out (1964)
- Press for Time (1966)
- Secrets of a Windmill Girl (1966)
- When Eight Bells Toll (1971)
Selected television appearances
War Memoirs, Steady, Old Man! Don't You Know There's a War on? Derek Bond, Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 1990. ISBN 0850520460