I received some dreadful news the other day. I was sitting down on the bus, when my cellular phone vibrated, it was a single of people pesky notifications from BBC News, definitely have to don’t forget to turn people off. But the headline caught my eye in advance of I could swipe it absent. The news was that Michael Bond, creator of the Paddington Bear textbooks, had died aged 91.
I have experienced a lengthy romance with the character of Paddington Bear. I experienced a couple of of the publications when I was a kid, and a number of additional of the audiobooks (narrated by Stephen Fry, whose voice I recognised from his readings of Harry Potter). And I’m still guaranteed that if one rummages far enough into my nan’s cabinets, they’ll uncover a dusty video clip tape with some Paddington Bear Tv episodes on it.
In 2011, David Heyman declared his options to make a film centered on the character, news which sent my desire in the character to obsessive levels. The film was unveiled in 2014 and a sequel will be out quickly. Pointless to say, I have substantial hopes!
So when the information arrived that the gentleman driving so considerably childhood [and adolescent] joy, had died, it cast a miserable shadow above the rest of my working day. And only 50 % a yr soon after Watership Down creator Richard Adams passed absent, lifestyle has not been good in the literary world.
I count myself blessed to have developed up with the character of Paddington Bear. And thanks to the greater countrywide desire in the character thanks to the current movie, I’m certain however an additional new technology of small children will be counting themselves lucky much too. And Michael Bond will live on by means of his most well-known development.