LONDON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond says he has filmed a cameo for the first big-screen adaptation of his classic children's books.
Ben Whishaw will lend his voice to the animated titular bear in Studiocanal's largely live-action Paddington, which co-stars Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman.
Produced by David Heyman, whose credits include the Harry Potter film franchise, the movie also features performances by Potter veterans Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton and Julie Walters. Paddington is about a bear from Peru who is adopted by a British family after he is found in a London train station.
"It was a night-time shoot -- I am sitting in a restaurant on my own by the window when Paddington goes past in a black taxi," Bond told the BBC about his scene in the film.
"He's just arrived in London for the first time and is going back with the Browns to their house. I catch his eye as he goes past and raise a glass to him."
The family flick is to open Nov. 28 in the United Kingdom and Jan. 16 in the United States.