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Lord Brabourne CBE (1924 -- 2005)

John Knatchbull, son of the fifth Lord Brabourne, was born into the English aristocracy and aged 22 married Patricia, Lord Mountbatten's daughter. But he learned filmmaking from the ground up, starting as a production assistant on The Wooden Horse (1950).

After several years assisting Herbert Wilcox, he became production manager on Michael Powell's The Battle of the River Plate (1956). He received his first credit as a fully-fledged producer on the successful adventure film, Harry Black (1957), and later produced Lewis Gilbert's Reach for the Sky and Sink the Bismarck!, both starring Kenneth More.

John Brabourne, as he was always billed, enjoyed his greatest success in the 1970s as co-producer with Richard Goodwin of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Death on the Nile (1978). He also produced David Lean's last film, A Passage to India (1984), and was awarded a CBE in 1993. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and four sons, the eldest of whom succeeds him as Lord Brabourne.