Derek Bond

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Derek Bond
Born Derek William Douglas Bond
(1920-01-26)26 January 1920
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died 15 October 2006(2006-10-15) (aged 86)
Wandsworth, London, England
Years active 1938–1998
Spouse(s) Annie Glover (1977-2006) (his death)
Ann Grace (1942-?) (divorced) 1 child
Gail Miller (1970-?) (divorced) 1 child

Derek William Douglas Bond, MC (26 January 1920 – 15 October 2006) was a British actor.

Life and career[edit]

Derek Bond was born on 26 January 1920 in Glasgow, Scotland. He attended Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Hampstead, London.[1] He saw active service with the Grenadier Guards in North Africa during the Second World War, for which he was awarded the Military Cross.[2] He spent the last few months of the war in Stalag VII-A, a Bavarian POW camp.[1]

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).

As well as acting, he wrote a number of scripts; his first drama for television was Unscheduled Stop, produced for ITV's Armchair Theatre in 1968 and directed by Toby Robertson.[3]

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.[1]

Derek Bond was married three times. He died on 15 October 2006, in London, and is survived by his third wife Annie, a son, a daughter and a stepson.

Selected filmography[edit]

Selected television appearances[edit]


War Memoirs, Steady, Old Man! Don't You Know There's a War on? Derek Bond, Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 1990. ISBN 0850520460

  1. ^ a b c Gavin Gaughan Obituary: Derek Bond, The Guardian, 8 November 2006
  2. ^ Steady, Old Man! Don't You Know There's a War on? Derek Bond, Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 1990. ISBN 0850520460
  3. ^ White, Leonard. Armchair Theatre: The Lost Years. Kelly Publications, 2003: p. 211

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