Derek Bond

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This article is about the actor. For the Anglican bishop, see Derek Bond (bishop). For the theatre director, see Derek Bond (theatre director).
Derek Bond
Born Derek William Douglas Bond
(1920-01-26)26 January 1920
Glasgow, 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 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 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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