If you believe the betting markets, there’s a new top tier contender in the race to play James Bond. Daniel Craig’s final turn as 007 will be in the 25th film in the series, with a working title of Shatterhand, and to be released next year. But speculation has already turned to his replacement, and Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy has become one of the favorites to take over the role.
According to the Irish Post, oddsmaker Betway has Murphy’s odds going from 7/1 to 100/30 after a spike in wagers on the 42-year-old Irish actor. Oddschecker, an aggregator of various betting websites shows that Murphy’s odds of playing the British spy are trending up, placing him just behind Tom Hiddleston (whose odds are decreasing), Richard Madden, and James Norton.
Murphy was previously best known for the horror film 28 Days Later and his collaborations with Christopher Nolan in the director’s Batman trilogy and the 2010 film Inception. Since 2013, he’s starred as Tommy Selby in Peaky Blinders, a drama about gangsters in interwar Birmingham.
With years before the release of the first post-Craig Bond film, there’s still plenty of time for the Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, whose father Albert was a producer on almost every Bond film from Dr. No to GoldenEye, to make a decision.
While Charlize Theron has been rumored as another replacement, it seems more likely than not that a man will take over the role. Sexiest man alive Idris Elba has also been mentioned in addition to the current frontrunners, but the reality is that we just don’t know. All we have now is speculation.
So instead of spending your time wondering about what’s to come after Craig, we recommend getting psyched for his swan song, to be directed by True Detective genius Cary Joji Fukunaga, and streaming the classic Bond films that suddenly hit Netflix.