Paddington author Michael Bond has said he is "totally amazed" that the film has received a Parental Guidance (PG) rating from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) – in Ireland the upcoming film has a 'G' (General) certification. 

On its website, the BBFC says Paddington contains "dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references, [and] mild bad language".

Speaking to The Daily Mail, Bond, who has a cameo in the film, said on the subject of "mild bad language": "I'd be very upset. 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."

Paddington has Ben Whishaw voicing the titular hero and also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman.

It will be released in cinemas on Friday November 28.