Forget everything you’ve learnt today about Kim Kardashian’s hot pink hair and Princess Diana’s niece hitting the runway, because the best news all day is this: Irish actor/the love of my life Cillian Murphy is tipped to be the next James Bond.
The cheekbones you’ve most recently seen in critically acclaimed Brit crime drama Peaky Blinders (as well as Dunkirk and The Dark Knight) have just had their odds slashed from 125/1 three months ago all the way to a much more likely 12/1, Esquire reports.
“The Irishman is the darling of the Great British public at the moment [ed’s note: hands off] and that’s replicated in who people want as their next heartthrob to play the prestigious role,” British bookies OddsChecker say.
The 42-year-old actor has still got to contend with Tom Hardy and James Norton, both favourites at 3/1, for the coveted 007 role, but in what universe would they make a better Bond than Cillian Murphy?
As Esquire points out, rumours that Danny Boyle has been approached to direct the next Bond film could have contributed to Murphy’s favourable odds – the pair worked together on both 28 Days Later and Sunshine.
Below, a visual representation of what kind of Bond my man Murphy would make:
Black and white Bond.
Red carpet Bond.
Suddenly very tanned Bond.
Again with the cheekbones Bond.
It’s time for me to get back to my actual job now, but you get the idea.