I worked on 'Blue Peter' and 'Tonight' and lots of TV plays, filmed people like Rudolf Nureyev and Ted Heath, and ended up a senior cameraman with my own crew. I'd had my first short story published in 1947, and when my writing really started to take off I decided to go freelance, and eventually left the BBC in 1965.

— Michael Bond

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Every small boy wanted to be a steam engine driver when they grew up in the old days, including me. There's something very special about them - the noise, the smell, the steam coming out everywhere.

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As a cameraman, I was paid to stand within a few feet of Yehudi Menuhin performing. I saw Rudolph Nureyev dancing. I couldn't believe I was being paid for that.

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I have a flat in Paris and go there a lot, but the Eurostar's much more civilised than flying.

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It's nice having a bear about the house.

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My daughter Karen was born in 1958, the year my first Paddington book came out, so she grew up with him.

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Paddington Bear was a refugee with a label - 'Please look after this bear.

Thank you', and he had a little suitcase.

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