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John Brabourne, 80; produced top British films

LONDON -- Lord John Brabourne, a producer whose films included ''A Passage to India" and ''Murder on the Orient Express," died Thursday. He was 80.

The cause of death was not revealed by his family.

Lord Brabourne survived an Irish Republican Army attack in 1979 that killed his 14-year-old son and his father-in-law, Lord Mountbatten. He was seriously injured in the blast aboard a boat.

Lord Brabourne produced many films based on Agatha Christie's books. In addition to ''Orient Express," he produced ''Death on the Nile," ''The Mirror Crack'd," and ''Evil Under the Sun."

He produced two celebrated Shakespeare adaptations: ''Othello," starring Laurence Olivier, in 1965, and ''Romeo and Juliet," directed by Franco Zeffirelli, in 1968. ''Romeo and Juliet" and ''A Passage to India" received Oscar nominations for best picture.

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