Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Passes Away at 9129 Jun 2017
Paddington first appeared in Bond's 1958 story "A Bear Called Paddington" wearing a tag round his neck that read "Please look after this bear", and was named after the London railway station of the same name where he was found after a boat journey from "darkest Peru". The character was inspired by a teddy bear Bond spotted in his flat. "Glancing round in search of inspiration my gaze came to rest on Paddington, who gave me a hard stare from the mantelpiece, and the muse struck," Bond wrote in the Radio Times magazine in 2014. "I knew exactly how my own parents would react if they saw it, particularly if it had a label round its neck, like a refugee in the last war. There are few things sadder in life than a refugee."
Paddington's adventures have appeared in more than 20 books - the last of which, "Paddington's Finest Hour", was published in April this year - and apart from the recent movie, have also inspired several plays and a TV series.
However, Bond has said that Paddington was written for his own pleasure. "I didn't intend to write a book at all which was a plus as it happened I think as I didn’t write for any particular age group – I wrote it to please myself," he told the BBC, and added, "Paddington is very real to me."