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'I can't imagine what the sex references would be' - Author of Paddington Bear 'very upset' by film's PG rating

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British actor Hugh Bonneville poses for a photograph with his "Journey of Marmalade" Paddington Bear statue displayed in front of Tower Bridge during a photo call ahead of the release of  "The Paddington Trail" film in London on November 3, 2014. The movie "Paddington" has sparked a resurgence of interest in the bear from darkest Peru, with exhibitions, statues and a new book of his adventures coming out before the New Year. Fifty statues of the bear which will be dotted out around London -- each with a different celebrity-designed paint job. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

British actor Hugh Bonneville poses for a photograph with his "Journey of Marmalade" Paddington Bear statue displayed in front of Tower Bridge during a photo call ahead of the release of "The Paddington Trail" film in London on November 3, 2014. The movie "Paddington" has sparked a resurgence of interest in the bear from darkest Peru, with exhibitions, statues and a new book of his adventures coming out before the New Year. Fifty statues of the bear which will be dotted out around London -- each with a different celebrity-designed paint job. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

Paddington Bear statues, each with a different celebrity-designed paint job, are pictured in front of Tower Bridge during a photo call ahead of the release of  "The Paddington Trail" film in London on November 3, 2014. The movie "Paddington" has sparked a resurgence of interest in the bear from darkest Peru, with exhibitions, statues and a new book of his adventures coming out before the New Year. Paddington Bear's journey to the silver screen has been a long one, but Michael Bond's much-loved children's book character has been popular ever since he first appeared in 1958. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

Paddington Bear statues, each with a different celebrity-designed paint job, are pictured in front of Tower Bridge during a photo call ahead of the release of "The Paddington Trail" film in London on November 3, 2014. The movie "Paddington" has sparked a resurgence of interest in the bear from darkest Peru, with exhibitions, statues and a new book of his adventures coming out before the New Year. Paddington Bear's journey to the silver screen has been a long one, but Michael Bond's much-loved children's book character has been popular ever since he first appeared in 1958. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

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The beloved children's character

The author of children's book series 'Paddington Bear' has said he is shocked by a PG classification awarded to the film as a result of "mild sex references".

Michael Bond (88), was reportedly not consulted over the big screen version of his children's books.

He has said he is "totally amazed" by the classification by the British Board of Film Classification, which they said was as a result of “dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references (and) mild bad language”.

Bond told the Daily Mail that he would be "very upset" if the claims were true.

"I might not sleep well tonight. I can’t imagine what the sex references are. It doesn’t enter into it with the books, certainly".

Bond makes a cameo in the film, which tells the story of Paddington Bear's arrival in London.

The Paddington books have sold 35m copies worldwide.

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