Peaky Blinder’s star, Cillian Murphy, is back with the favorites to replace Daniel Craig as 007 in the near, near future.
The Irish legend, who has famously portrayed Thomas Shelby, among many other significant roles, had his odds slashed just hours ago.
It would appear someone in the know has backed Murphy HEAVILY – as that’s what normally happens when odds very quickly get much smaller…
James Norton however, who portrayed Prince Andrei on BBC’s War & Peace, remains favourite.
If Murphy was to accept the role he would become Ireland’s second James Bond, following on from Pierce Brosnan.
Back in the mid-2000s, Murphy came close to landing the part of Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, only to lose out to Welshman Christian Bale.
The 28 Days Later star ended up being cast as the comic book film’s central villain, The Scarecrow and his career has gone from strength to strength since.
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This still of Cillian Murphy in 2006’s 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley’ has a very cool Peaky Blinders connection. Posting again if you missed it the first time because it’s a good one. Swipe 👉 to see the connection, explained below: In 2012 when Peaky Blinders was in development, design firm @momoco_film_titles created the show's logo, title typeface and other design elements that are so integral to the show. Their initial mood and storyboards used stills of Cillian from ‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley' as stand ins for Tommy Shelby, who didn't yet exist. Swipe for some examples of those title storyboards. AND a bonus, fascinating look at the different typefaces/logos they experimented with before settling on the one we’ve come to know and love. If you’ve never watched The Wind That Shakes the Barley, do. Cillian’s performance is remarkable. It'll break your heart, but you've got to watch it at least once. · #cillianmurphy #peakyblinders #thewindthatshakesthebarley #graphics #titledesign
No Time To Die, Craig’s final outing as 007, is set to be released in April and a replacement has not yet been found.