It takes a lot to fill the James Bond shoes. The character, which has hogged our screens for nearly 60 years, has become the pinnacle of charm.
And with Daniel Craig’s last effort set to be the 25th instalment of the franchise, rumours have been swirling for months about who could take over. Everyone from Idris Elba to Tom Hardy has been linked. But if the latest odds are anything to go by, we could be about to greet a left-field option.
Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy has sky-rocketed into the fourth-favourite position to play the famous secret service agent, according to betting site oddschecker.
The 42-year-old first burst onto the scene, playing the villain Scarecrow in the Batman franchise nearly 15 years ago.
He’s also featured in Inception and Dunkirk, all directed by Christopher Nolan
Ahead of the Irish actor is Tom Hiddleston, Bodyguard star Richard Madden and James Norton.
Daniel Craig, who has appeared in no less than five Bond movies, made the character his own by stacking on muscle for the role. While Murphy may have charm like Craig’s predecessors, unfortunately he may need to spend a lot of time in the gym to match the Brit’s physique.
A representative from UK betting agency Coral told the mirror that fans are confident.
“Everybody is getting excited about the new series of Peaky Blinders and it seems as though [gamblers] are no different,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead
“We’ve been inundated with bets lately on Murphy landing the role as the next James Bond and he’s certainly a leading candidate now.”
Guess we’ll just have to wait and find out.