Derek Bond

Derek William Douglas Bond MC (26 January 1920 – 15 October 2006) was a British actor. He was President of the trade union Equity from 1984 – 1986.

Derek Bond
Publicity still, 1947
Born
Derek William Douglas Bond

(1920-01-26)26 January 1920
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died15 October 2006(2006-10-15) (aged 86)
Wandsworth, London, England
Years active19381998
Spouse(s)Annie Glover (1977-2006) (his death)
Ann Grace (1942-?) (divorced) 1 child
Gail Miller (1970-?) (divorced) 1 child

Life and career

Bond was born on 26 January 1920 in Glasgow, Scotland. He attended Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Hampstead, London.[1] He was commissioned in July 1940[2] and saw active service with the Grenadier Guards in the North African Campaign during the Second World War, for which he was awarded the Military Cross in February 1943.[3][4] He spent the last few months of the war in Stalag VII-A, a Bavarian POW camp.[1][5]

He enjoyed a varied film, stage and television career, which began in 1938 with experience with the Finchley Amateur Dramatic Society. His conventional good looks secured him a number of dramatic and light comedy roles. He made a lasting impression in the title role of the Ealing Studios production of Nicholas Nickleby (1947).[6]

As well as acting, he wrote a number of scripts; a stage play Akin to Death written in 1954, which he took on tour in 1955.[7][8] His first drama for television was Unscheduled Stop, produced for ITV's Armchair Theatre in 1968 and directed by Toby Robertson.[9]

He was president of the Actors' Union Equity for a tempestuous period during the 1980s. Because of his intention to perform in South Africa (the country's apartheid system was the cause of a UN-backed cultural boycott), a motion urging Bond to resign was proposed, but rejected, in July 1984. He resigned when a ban on members working in South Africa became union policy after his return to the UK.[1]

Derek Bond was married three times. He died on 15 October 2006, in London, and is survived by his third wife Annie, a son, a daughter and a stepson.

Selected filmography

Selected television appearances

References

  1. Gavin Gaughan Obituary: Derek Bond, The Guardian, 8 November 2006
  2. "No. 34888". The London Gazette. 2 July 1940. p. 4080.
  3. Steady, Old Man! Don't You Know There's a War on? Derek Bond, Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 1990. ISBN 0850520460
  4. "No. 35898". The London Gazette. 9 February 1943. p. 744.
  5. A Welsh Uncle, memories of Tom Morgan 1898-1957, John Dann, FastPrint Peterborough, 2018, ISBN 978-178456-597-8
  6. "Derek Bond – Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos – AllMovie". AllMovie.
  7. "Derek Bond". 24 October 2006 via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  8. A Welsh Uncle memories of Tom Morgan 1898-1957, John Dann, FastPrint Peterborough, 2018 pages 31-32 ISBN 978-178456-597-8
  9. White, Leonard. Armchair Theatre: The Lost Years. Kelly Publications, 2003: p. 211

Bibliography

War Memoirs, Steady, Old Man! Don't You Know There's a War on? Derek Bond, Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 1990. ISBN 0850520460

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