New Paddington Bear film contains bad language and sex references, to the 'amazement' of the creator

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The new Paddington film has been given a Parental Guidance certificate for mild use of both bad language and sex references - much to the surprise of the creator of the famous bear.

88-year-old Michael Bond the author of the popular books, has not yet seen the movie and is said to have not been consulted over the big screen version, which is due out later this month.

Paddington Bear and his creator Michael Bond Credit: PA

The British Board of Film Classification posted the rating on its website, saying there was:

Bond, who makes a cameo appearance in the film, directed by Paul King, told the Daily Mail:

Ben Whishaw voices the Peruvian bear in the live-action film, which also features starring roles for Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman.

Whishaw replaced Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington after The King's Speech star quit, saying he was having trouble finding the voice of the marmalade-loving bear.

The film sees Paddington despatched from his native jungle, and smuggled on board a boat to England.

Recent children's films which have been awarded a Universal certificate include:

  • The Lego Movie

  • Despicable Me 2

  • Monsters University

Other recent films which have been awarded a PG certificate include:

  • Frozen

  • How To Train Your Dragon 2

Bond's books have sold 35 million copies worldwide since they were first published in 1958.