Could Cillian Murphy Be the Next James Bond?

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These day’s you can bet on just about anything. From how exactly the world is going to end, to whether or not Eminem is going to be the next US President. So, it really comes as no surprise that there is a healthy market for who will be succeeding Daniel Craig in the next James Bond.

Up until recently, we’ve seen the likes of Tom Hiddleston and The Bodyguard’s Richard Madden topping the list, however, the last couple of days has seen the odds slashed on the Cillian Murphy.

According to Coral, a UK betting company, there has been a huge influx of bets for the Peaky Blinders actor, leaving his odds of nabbing the role at 100/30. It’s not entirely clear why these odds have dropped so much, but it’s not the first time his hat has been thrown in the ring. Following an interview at the end of Spectre where Daniel Craig said that he’d rather “slash his wists” than play the role again, fan speculation was rife. Everyone from Idris Elba to Tom Hardy was considered and at that point, there were whispers that the Irish Cillian Murphy could pick up the part.

The James Bond film will be the 25th installment in the franchise and likely Daniel Craig’s last. The production has been drastically delayed due to the mid-production exit of director Danny Boyle, but that hasn’t stopped fans speculating about the future for the character.

With a history of being endlessly dapper when armed with a well-tailored suit and a gun, we see a lot of potential for Cillian in the role. It’s still probably too early to call with Bond 25 still around a year off, but when the final decision is made we’re sure it won’t be taken lightly. With a franchise spanning half a century and, give or take, $8 billion in un-adjusted worldwide grosses whoever does pick up the license to kill will have some big shoes to fill.