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Could Cillian Murphy be the next actor to play James Bond?

Irish star Cillian Murphy has emerged as a contender to become the next James Bond.

The Peaky Blinders actor has seen his fame rise to a global level thanks to the worldwide success of the Birmingham gangster series.

Could Cillian Murphy be the next actor to play James Bond?

It has had some commentators suggesting he could be a good fit to take over the role of the suave British spy James Bond.

Daniel Craig has played 007 since taking over from Irish actor Pierce Brosnan. His first Bond film was Casino Royale in 2006.

No Time to Die is set for release later this year, and both Craig and the producers of the Bond franchise have confirmed it will be the final time he plays the character.

That has led to much speculation about which actor will be the next to take on the iconic role.

Irish bookmaker Boylesports has seen some interest in Murphy being the next man to don the tuxedo and have been forced to slash his price in the betting.

Sarah Kinsella of BoyleSports said: “According to reports, James Norton is trying to get a deal signed off which has sparked his price cut into 11/8 from 13/8, but Cork star Cillian Murphy is attracting support too in the race to replace Daniel Craig.

“He is now 14/1 from 20/1 after a handful of bets arrived on Tuesday for the Peaky Blinder.”

The role of James Bond is one that is coveted by most actors although of course it can only be played by one person each generation.

Murphy already has several iconic roles on his acting CV including Dr Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow from The Dark Knight and Thomas Shelby from Peaky Blinders.

James Bond would be another welcome addition to that list.

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