Sunday, July 2, 2017

PADDINGTON BEAR CREATOR MICHAEL BOND DEAD AT 91

Michael Bond -- the creator of the cuddly Paddington Bear that sparked a series of famous children's books -- has died.
Bond's publisher HarperCollins announced the author died Tuesday in his home following a short illness. Bond's first book in 1958 -- "A Bear Called Paddington" -- sparked a hugely popular series of children's books, an animated TV series and, ultimately, the successful 2014 flick.
The books alone were a worldwide phenomenon ... selling more than 35 million copies. There's a sequel slated to be released later this year.
The marmalade-loving, friendly bear who traveled from the "deepest, darkest Peru" to London came about when Bond spotted a lonely teddy bear sitting on a shelf in a shop back in 1956. He called it Paddington because he was living near a station with the same name.
Bond was 91.
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