LONDON: British film director Bryan Forbes, who made the 1970s sci-fi horror classic “The Stepford Wives”, has died aged 86, a family friend said late on Wednesday. Forbes passed away at his home in Surrey, southern England, “following a long illness” and was surrounded by his family, including the actress Nanette Newman, according to his friend, the journalist Matthew D’Ancona. “Bryan Forbes was a titan of cinema, known and loved by people around the world in the film and theatre industries and known in other fields including politics,” D’Ancona said in a statement.–AFP