Thomas Michael Bond, OBE (born 13 January 1926) is an English author, most celebrated for his Paddington Bear series of books.
Bond began writing in 1945 and sold his first short story to the magazine London
Opinion. 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 England, carrying a jar of
marmalade. The Brown family found the bear at Paddington Station, and adopted
him, naming the bear after the station. By 1967, Bond was able to give up his
BBC job to work full-time as a writer. Paddington's adventures have been
published in nearly twenty countries, and have inspired pop bands, race horses,
plays, hot air balloons and a TV series. Bond stated in December 2007 that he
did not plan to continue the adventures of Paddington Bear in further volumes.
Bond has also written another series of children's books, the adventures of a guinea pig named Olga da Polga, as well as the animated BBC TV series The Herbs. Bond also writes culinary mystery stories for adults featuring Monsieur Pamplemousse and his faithful bloodhound, Pommes Frites.