As No Time To Die faces a likely fifth delay, speculation over who will replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond remains rife. And now the latest odds have seen Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy’s chances cut in half. The 44-year-old was on 16-1 but has now overtaken Richard Madden, going right down to 8-1.
According to bookmakers Coral, the news comes after the sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders was announced.
A spokesman said: “Cillian Murphy’s time as Tommy Shelby is coming to an end, with the eagerly awaited sixth series of Peaky Blinders set to be the last.
“With the famous role of Bond coming up too after Craig’s final film, we’ve cut the odds on Murphy becoming the next 007.
“Tom Hardy’s been the favourite for a long time and is no doubt the leading contender in the race to replace Craig.”
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While above Page wrote, “Regency, royalty. Shaken and stirred”, with the latter sounding rather similar to 007’s well-known drink order for a dry vodka martini; “shaken, not stirred”.
Interestingly, since all the speculation about him being the next Bond, the star has unpinned the tweet which can still be found further down his Twitter page.
While a few days later Jimmy Fallon asked Page about those 007 rumours on The Tonight Show.
The 31-year-old said: “I think the internet thinks a lot of things, and that is one of the better ones!”
Page continued: “If you’re a Brit and you do something of any kind of renown that people regard well, people are going to start saying the ‘B’ word.”
Nevertheless, he added: “It’s like a merit badge! I’m very glad to have the badge.
“I’m very glad to be in the company of such people who have the badge, but it’s just a badge.”
No Time To Die is currently set for release on April 2, 2021, but will most likely be postponed to the autumn.