Irish star Barry Keoghan wants to be the next James Bond – or maybe a villain

Barry Keoghan

Irish star Barry Keoghan has thrown his hat into the ring to become a future James Bond… or maybe the next villain in the franchise.

Daniel Craig has left the role behind after 15 years, with 2021’s No Time to Die his last outing as the British agent.

It has led to a flurry of speculation about who will be the next in line to play the iconic character with actors such as Richard Madden, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Ireland’s Cillian Murphy all in the running.

After Keoghan posted a picture to social media showing off his ripped physique – alongside the caption ‘Bond who?’ – the Late Late Show’s Ryan Tubridy asked is he was interested in the role.

Keoghan replied. “Ah look I was having a bit of craic, you know you just throw your hat in the ring for it and see what happens.

“But I am curious to see where they go upon.

“Even to play the villain. That would be quite cool. But maybe Bond actually you know what, maybe Bond.

“We will see, we will see what happens.”

The Dunkirk star also spoke about his friendship with Irish legend Colin Farrell. The pair used to live together and both also worked on Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin.

Keoghan says that Farrell took him under his wing when he was first breaking into the industry.

“I did live with him, you know Colin is like a big brother to me.

“Colin has always been there for me and he still is and I was with him there in New York and that man I could spend a whole hour talking about him I really mean that.

“I did eat all of his Crunchy Nut. He loves his Crunchy Nut. And every day he came down and went ‘where’s my Crunchy Nut?’

“But no he was great to take me in and he wanted me to live with him so he could just look after me and he’s brilliant.

“He’s so insightful, I’ve learned a lot. And I keep learning from him, I really mean it. And not only as an actor but as a human being. He’s many talks with me and giving me so much advice.

“I don’t think he really understands how special of a person he is. I really mean that.”


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