Cillian Murphy Looks Set To Become New James Bond

OMG March 7, 2019 By Hugo

Daniel Craig's replacement for the role as British spy James Bond looks likely to be the Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy after The Irish Post slashed his odds to 100/30.

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Speculation has been rife for years that The Wire star Idris Elba would be the next Bond, but because of such low odds, it seems a real possibility that the Irish thespian will take on the role when Craig steps down after the filming of Bond 25.

The respected actor has been cast in a series of great independent flicks over the years such as Ken Loach's' The Wind That Shakes The Barley and Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later. He's also starred in the big-budget Christopher Nolan movies Inception and The Dark Knight.

However, it is his role as Tommy Shelby in his BBC series Peaky Blinders that has given him his biggest platform to date.

A British representative for the betting company Betway commented on the odds, saying, "Cillian Murphy is the latest name to be linked with the next James Bond role and with the new season of Peaky Blinders just around the corner, it wouldn't be a surprise to see his current 100/30 shorten even more.

"He's stood as a quietly fancied 7/1 shot over the past few months but his odds have more than halved this morning and is now no bigger than 100/30. Only current market leaders Richard Madden and Tom Hiddleston, both 2/1, are higher up the pecking order."

If/when he gets the role, Murphy will become the second Irish actor to play the famed Ian Fleming character following Pierce Brosnan's turn as Bond in the 90s.

The news comes a week after we reported that Rami Malek is in the latter stages of negotiations to play the villian in the 25th installment of the much-anticipated British spy franchise.


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