|Born||Thomas Michael Bond
13 January 1926
Newbury, Berkshire, England
|Died||27 June 2017
|Notable work||Paddington Bear series|
Thomas Michael Bond CBE (13 January 1926 – 27 June 2017), who wrote under the pen name Michael Bond, was a British author. He is best known for a series of fictional stories for children, featuring the character of Paddington Bear. More than 35 million Paddington books have been sold around the world, and the characters have also been featured in film and on television. His first book was published in 1958 and his last in 2017, a span of 59 years.
Thomas Michael Bond was born on 13 January 1926 in Newbury, Berkshire. He was raised in Reading, where his visits to Reading railway station to watch the Cornish Riviera Express pass through started a love of trains. His father was a manager for the post office. He was educated at Presentation College in Reading. His time there was unhappy. He told The Guardian in November 2014 that his parents had chosen the school "for the simple reason [his] mother liked the colour of the blazers ... she didn't make many mistakes in life but that was one of them". Consequently, he left education aged 14, despite his parents' wishes for him to go to university. World War II was under way and he went to work in a solicitor's office for a year and then as an engineer's assistant for the BBC.
On 10 February 1943, Bond survived an air raid in Reading. The building in which he was working collapsed under him, killing 41 people and injuring many more. Shortly afterwards he volunteered for aircrew service in the Royal Air Force as a 17-year-old but he was discharged after suffering from acute air sickness. He then served in the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army until 1947.
Bond began writing in 1945 while stationed with the army in Cairo, and sold his first short story to the magazine London Opinion. He was paid seven guineas, and thought he "wouldn't mind being a writer". In 1958, after producing several plays and short stories and while working as a BBC television cameraman (where he worked on Blue Peter for a time), his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published.
This was the start of Bond's series of books recounting the tales of Paddington Bear, a bear from "darkest Peru", whose Aunt Lucy sends him to the United Kingdom, carrying a jar of marmalade. In the first book the Brown family find the bear at Paddington Station, and adopt him, naming the bear after the station. By 1965, Bond was able to give up his BBC job to work full-time as a writer.
Paddington's adventures have sold over 35 million books, have been published in nearly twenty countries, in over forty languages, and have inspired pop bands, race horses, plays, hot air balloons, a movie and television series. Bond stated in December 2007 that he did not plan to continue the adventures of Paddington Bear in further volumes. However, in April 2014 it was reported that a new book, entitled Love From Paddington, would be published that autumn. In a film, Paddington (2014), based on the books, Bond had a credited cameo as the Kindly Gentleman.
Bond also wrote another series of children's books, the adventures of a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, named after the Bond family's pet, as well as the animated BBC television series The Herbs (1968). Bond also wrote culinary mystery stories for adults, featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites.
Bond wrote a Reflection on the Passing of the Years shortly after his 90th birthday. The piece was read by David Attenborough, who also turned 90 in 2016, at the national service of thanksgiving to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday at St Paul's Cathedral in June 2016. On 20 June 2016, StudioCanal acquired the Paddington franchise outright. Bond was allowed to keep the publishing rights to his series, which he licensed in April 2017 to HarperCollins for the next six years.
For services to children's literature, Bond was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1997 Birthday Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours. On 6 July 2007 the University of Reading awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Letters.
Bond was married twice – to Brenda Mary Johnson in 1950, whom he separated from in the 1970s; and to Susan Marfrey Rogers in 1981, soon after his divorce was finalised. He had two children. He lived in London, not far from Paddington Station, the place that inspired many of his books.
Bond died in London on 27 June 2017, at the age of 91. No cause was given.
Paddington Bear series
- 1958 A Bear Called Paddington. London: Collins.
- 1959 More About Paddington. London: Collins.
- 1960 Paddington Helps Out. London: Collins.
- 1961 Paddington Abroad. London: Collins.
- 1962 Paddington at Large. London: Collins.
- 1964 Paddington Marches On. London: Collins.
- 1966 Paddington at Work. London: Collins.
- 1968 Paddington Goes to Town. London: Collins.
- 1970 Paddington Takes the Air . London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-675379-5
- 1972 Paddington's Garden. London: Collins. ISBN 0-394-82643-4
- 1973 Paddington's Blue Peter Story Book (sometimes titled as Paddington Takes to TV). London: Collins. ISBN 0-563-12356-7
- 1974 Paddington on Top. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-675377-9
- 1975 Paddington at the Tower. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-734141-5
- 1979 Paddington Takes the Test. London: Collins. ISBN 0-06-231240-5
- 1980 Paddington on Screen. London: Collins. ISBN 0-440-40029-5
- 1984 Paddington at the Zoo. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-664744-8
- 1986 Paddington at the Palace. New York: Putnam. ISBN 0-00-710440-5
- 1987 Paddington's Busy Day. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-181182-7
- 1992 A Day by the Sea ISBN 0-00-674310-2
- 2001 Paddington in the Garden. London: Collins. ISBN 0-06-231844-6
- 2003 Paddington and the Grand Tour. London: Collins. ISBN 0-00-712313-2
- 2008 Paddington Rules the Waves. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-00-726765-1
- 2008 Paddington Here and Now. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-147364-7
- 2012 Paddington Races Ahead. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-00-745884-4
- 2012 Paddington Goes for Gold. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-00-745884-4
- 2014 Love From Paddington. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-236816-4
- 2017 Paddington's Finest Hour. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-266972-8
- 2018: Paddington at St. Paul's. New York: HarperCollins.
Olga da Polga series
- 1971 The Tales of Olga da Polga. ISBN 0-14-030500-9
- 1973 Olga Meets Her Match. ISBN 0-582-16042-1
- 1976 Olga Carries On. ISBN 0-7226-5230-5
- 1982 Olga Takes Charge. ISBN 0-7226-5779-X
- 1987 The Complete Adventures of Olga Da Polga (omnibus). ISBN 0-440-00981-2
- 1993 The Adventures of Olga Da Polga (omnibus). ISBN 0-14-036502-8
- 2001 Olga Moves House. ISBN 0-19-275129-8
- 2002 Olga Follows Her Nose. ISBN 0-19-275246-4
- 2002 The Best of Olga Da Polga (omnibus). ISBN 0-19-275256-1
- 1975 Olga Counts Her Blessings. ISBN 0-14-050148-7
- 1975 Olga Makes a Friend. ISBN 0-14-050152-5
- 1975 Olga Makes a Wish. ISBN 0-14-050146-0
- 1975 Olga Makes Her Mark. ISBN 0-14-050149-5
- 1975 Olga Takes a Bite. ISBN 0-14-050150-9
- 1975 Olga's New Home. ISBN 0-14-050147-9
- 1975 Olga's Second House. ISBN 0-14-050151-7
- 1975 Olga's Special Day. ISBN 0-14-050153-3
- 1983 The First Big Olga da Polga Book (omnibus). ISBN 0-582-25063-3
- 1983 The Second Big Olga da Polga Book (omnibus). ISBN 0-582-25064-1
Monsieur Pamplemousse series
- 1983 Monsieur Pamplemousse. ISBN 0-340-33142-9
- 1985 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Secret Mission. ISBN 0-340-36034-8
- 1986 Monsieur Pamplemousse on the Spot. ISBN 0-340-37364-4
- 1987 Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Cure. ISBN 0-340-40331-4
- 1989 Monsieur Pamplemousse Aloft. ISBN 0-449-90455-5
- 1990 Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates. ISBN 0-340-51341-1
- 1991 Monsieur Pamplemousse Rests His Case. ISBN 0-449-90639-6
- 1992 Monsieur Pamplemousse Stands Firm. ISBN 0-7472-3849-9
- 1992 Monsieur Pamplemousse on Location. ISBN 0-7472-0673-2
- 1993 Monsieur Pamplemousse Takes the Train. ISBN 0-7472-0935-9
- 1998 Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus Volume One. ISBN 0-7490-0352-9
- 1999 Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus Volume Two. ISBN 0-7490-0442-8
- 1999 Monsieur Pamplemousse Afloat. ISBN 0-7490-0347-2
- 1999 Monsieur Pamplemousse Omnibus Volume Three. ISBN 0-7490-0442-8
- 2000 Monsieur Pamplemousse on Probation. ISBN 0-7490-0463-0
- 2002 Monsieur Pamplemousse on Vacation. ISBN 0-7490-0532-7
- 2003 Monsieur Pamplemousse Hits the Headlines. ISBN 0-7490-0622-6
- 2006 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives. ISBN 0-7490-8277-1
- 2007 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the French Solution. ISBN 978-0-7490-8022-8
- 2011 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Carbon Footprint. ISBN 978-0-7490-0908-3
- 2015 Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Tangled Web. ISBN 978-0-7490-1626-5
- 1966 Here Comes Thursday.
- 1968 Thursday Rides Again.
- 1969 Thursday Ahoy!
- 1971 Thursday in Paris. ISBN 0-245-50647-0
- 1971 Michael Bond's Book of Bears (editor). ISBN 0-361-01738-3
- 1972 The Day the Animals Went on Strike. ISBN 0-289-70187-2
- 1975 Windmill. ISBN 0-289-70452-9
- 1975 How to Make Flying Things (nonfiction). ISBN 0-289-70555-X
- 1975 Mr. Cram's Magic Bubbles (picture book). ISBN 0-14-050072-3
- 1980 Picnic on the River. ISBN 0-00-123538-9
- 1980 J. D. Polson and the Liberty Head Dime. ISBN 0-7064-1381-4
- 1981 J. D. Polson and the Dillogate Affair. ISBN 0-340-27068-3
- 1983 The Caravan Puppets. ISBN 0-00-184135-1
- 1986 Oliver the Greedy Elephant (picture book with Paul Parnes). ISBN 0-307-15242-1
- 1987 The Pleasures of Paris (guidebook). ISBN 1-85145-107-2
- 1988 A Mouse Called Thursday (omnibus). ISBN 1-85152-085-6
- 1992 Something Nasty in the Kitchen (picture book). ISBN 0-00-674311-0
- 1996 Bears and Forebears: A Life So Far (autobiography). ISBN 0-00-255704-5
- Pauli, Michelle (28 November 2014). "Michael Bond: 'Paddington stands up for things, he's not afraid of going to the top and giving them a hard stare'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- "Obituary: Michael Bond". BBC News. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "Air Raid, February 1943". Reading Museum. Reading Borough Council. Archived from the original on 3 October 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- Midgley, Emma (13 February 2012). "Paddington Bear 'inspired by evacuees' says author Bond". BBC. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- "Paddington Bear writer's wartime Reading Podcast now online". Reading Borough Council. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- Michael Bond at jrank. Retrieved 2 November 2014
- "Paddington Bear author Michael Bond writes new book". BBC News. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
- "Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington". paddington.com. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- John Plunkett (22 January 2008). "BBC celebrates 50 years of Paddington". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
- Richard Lea (11 December 2007). "Paddington Bear faces questions on asylum status". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
- Lang, Kirsty (31 October 2014). "Paddington creator Michael Bond makes cameo in new film". BBC.
- "Attenborough to read Bond's tribute at Queen's birthday service". BBC News. 8 June 2016.
- Keslassy, John Hopewell,Elsa (20 June 2016). "Studiocanal Acquires Paddington Bear Brand, Plans Third Paddington Movie". Retrieved 29 June 2017.
- "HarperCollins secures six-year publishing partnership for Paddington". Retrieved 29 June 2017.
- Archipelago, World. "Michael Bond". HarperCollins UK. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "No. 54794". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1997. p. 10.
- "The Queen's Birthday Honours 2015". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- "Birthday Honours 2015: Van Morrison and Kevin Spacey head list". BBC News. 13 June 2015.
- Malvern, David (6 July 2007). "Oration presenting Michael Bond, OBE for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters at a Degree Congregation, 6th July 2007" (PDF). University of Reading. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- Lambert, Victoria (31 August 2016). "Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond: 'I could have pasted my room with rejection slips. But I never gave up'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- Michael Bond, Paddington Bear Creator, Is Dead at 91 The New York Times, 28 June 2017
- Nicholas Lezard (19 January 2005). "Classic of the month: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
- "In praise of...Paddington Bear". The Guardian. London. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
- "Paddington's Finest Hour". HarperCollins. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- Michael Bond's last Paddington Bear story out in 2018
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