Thomas Michael Bond (January 13, 1926 – June 27, 2017) was an English author, most celebrated for his Paddington Bear series of books. Bond was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors 2015.
Bond began writing in 1945 whilst 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 a number of 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 most famous series of books, telling tales of a bear from “Darkest Peru”, whose Aunt Lucy sends him to the United Kingdom, carrying a jar of marmalade; the Brown family found the bear at Paddington Station, and adopted him, naming the bear after the railway station. By 1967 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 a new book, titled Love From Paddington, would be published that autumn. A film, Paddington, based on the books, was released in 2014, in which Bond received an acting credit as the Kindly Gentleman.
Bond has also written 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. Bond also writes culinary mystery stories for adults featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites.