A gorgeous face. Check.
Maverick status. Check.
Only 5 ft 7 and a bit. Could be a problem.
Disregarding the height issue (although yes, I know Bond is a fictional character and this doesn’t matter), Cillian Murphy has all the necessary prerequisites to become the next James Bond.
Every man, woman and child who watches him in Peaky Blinders fancies the arse of him, which is exactly the kind of quality you want in 007. Pierce Brosnan, for instance, didn’t really have it. Like he’s good-looking and everything, but more in a dad way that the girls and mums at school fancy.
I say this because with Bond 25 on the horizon – Daniel Craig’s last outing at the international man of mystery – Murphy’s name has been thrown into the hat as a very viable replacement.
Bookmakers Betway now have the 42-year-old at 100/30 to don the famous tuxedo, putting him in second place behind joint frontrunners Richard Madden and Tom Hiddleston on 2/1. Yesterday he was at 7/1 so he’s odds have dramatically fallen almost overnight.
Betway’s Alan Alger told The Irish Post:
“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.”
Ladbrokes agreed and said: “Cillian Murphy is attracting a lot of interest in the Bond betting. At this rate, it won’t be long before he heads the market.”
This comes after Olivia Colman of all people has been tipped to become James. Or Janette.
Following her Best Actress Oscar win Betfair have said her name is being thrown into the mix as the next 007 in the wake of a “growing precedent of women taking over huge roles traditionally reserved for men.”
Nobody wants to see that. Not even Olivia Colman.
Can we just leave Bond the way it is? It’s perfectly fine without having to push some SJW agenda on it like the Ocean’s and Ghostbusters franchises.
Just the way Ellen Ripley in Alien, Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill and Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games are all perfect leads in great films that don’t need men ruining them.
Cillian Murphy, though, ey?