Remembering Michael Bond – the man who put Paddington on the map
‘The great advantage of having a bear as a central character is that he can combine the innocence of a child with the sophistication of an adult. Paddington is not the sort of bear who would ever go to the moon – he has his paws too firmly on the ground for that. He gets involved in everyday situations. He has a strong sense of right and wrong and doesn’t take too kindly to the red-tape bureaucracy of the sillier rules and regulations with which we humans surround ourselves. As a bear, he gets away with things. Paddington is humanised, but he couldn’t possibly be a human – it just wouldn’t work.’
Author Michael Bond, on the secrets behind the success of his famous creation Paddington Bear.
Michael Bond: born 13th January, 1926 in Newbury, Berkshire, England – died aged 91, 27th June, 2017 in England.