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6 reasons why Cillian Murphy would make an incredible James Bond

Move over, Pierce.

AS AN ACTOR, there’s no denying Cillian Murphy’s range.


From playing transgender, Kitten, in Neil Jordan’s Breakfast on Pluto in 2006 to his current role as Thomas Selby in BBC drama Peaky Blinders, the Corkman’s ability to cature the true essence of a character is exceptional.

So, it’s hardly surprising that TV and movie fans have begun to envision the actor in perhaps one of the most coveted roles in the industry – James Bond.

With bookies slashing odds from 33/1 to 12/1 in recent days, rumours abound that the Douglas-native is set to step into the shoes of 007, and make history as the first Corkonian to do so.

However, without concrete confirmation, all we can do is make like Bond, put the pieces of the puzzle together, and establish exactly why 41-year-old Cillian would make the perfect double-agent.

1. First, there’s the director link.

With industry insiders suggesting Danny Boyle is set to direct the next Bond instalment, we can’t help but consider the chemistry between Boyle and the Irish actor.

Cast your mind back to Sunshine and 28 Days Later. Exactly.

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2. Then there’s the dark and brooding vibe.

Quiet, reserved and unassuming, Cillian all but calls out to play the 8th Bond.

Hell, that lad could be a double-agent right now, for all we know.

3. But don’t forget the necessary charm.

Cillian once said the biggest draw when it came to playing the role of Thomas in Peaky Blinders was the multi-faceted nature of the character.

The character was so rich and complex, layered and contradictory. I was like, ‘I have to do this’.

We mean, if it’s layered and contradictory he wants…

So, we’ve covered the hard and fast reasons why Cillian may well be increasing his intake of Martinis in the near future, so now let’s discuss why we want him to.

1. We need another Irish Bond.

No offense, Pierce, but it’s time to pass the torch.

2. He can work a suit.

And let’s be honest, it plays a pretty big part.

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3. And then there’s the fact Twitter is 100% behind us.

What more do we need?


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