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Stephens typecast after Bond film

Toby Stephens has admitted he felt typecast following his James Bond role.

The English actor played villain Gustav Graves in 2002's Die Another Day and told The Guardian that he was pigeon-holed after that part.

Asked if he ever felt typecast, he said: "Yes. Until a few years ago, I was endlessly playing villainous, smug, posh guys on telly, because I'd played a Bond villain.

"I've only managed to break out of it in the last three years - I changed my agent, and got a break in America with this pirate thing (new television series Black Sails)."

Toby - the son of actors Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Robert Stephens - has appeared on television and in films and has most recently been on the stage in Noel Coward's Private Lives.

But the 44-year-old revealed that next on his list is being at the helm of a movie.

Quizzed about his greatest ambition, he said: "To direct - not just plays, but a film.

"It's just a question of finding something I really want to do, and then working out when to take the time. I have three kids: it's imperative I keep the wagon going."

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