PEAKY BLINDERS star Cillian Murphy is back in the running to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond hen the actor vacates the role after the next 007 outing.
The Cork native is a serious contender to become only the second Irishman to play the world-famous secret agent, following on from Pierce Brosnan’s seven-year stint as Bond.
Murphy remains a popular choice among Bond fans, thanks to his breakout turn as Tommy Shelby on the hit Birmingham-set television drama series, Peaky Blinders.
And it would appear someone in the know is backing the Irishman to take up the role.
Irish bookmaker BoyleSports has been forced to slash the odds of Murphy replacing Craig from 20/1 to a much more palatable 14/1.
Betting movements of this kind can sometimes be an indication of impending casting news.
It’s not the first time Murphy has been linked with a major blockbuster movie role.
Back in the mid-2000s, he came close to landing the part of Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, only to lose out to Welshman Christian Bale.
The 28 Days Later star ended up being cast as the comic book film’s central villain, The Scarecrow and his career has gone from strength to strength since.
While James Norton remains the bookmaker’s favourite at 11/8, Murphy would be a popular choice.
His case could be further enhanced should Christopher Nolan agree to direct the next instalment.
Bond producers are keen admirers of Nolan’s talents while the British filmmaker has so far refused to rule out helming a 007 movie.
Nolan is a keen admirer of the Irishman’s talents having previously cast Murphy in Batman Begins and Inception.
Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for 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.”
No Time To Die, Craig’s final outing as 007, is set to be released in April.
EXCLUSIVE TRACKS FROM PJ HARVEY, RICHARD HAWLEY AND JEHNNY BETH
ALSO FEATURES TRACKS BY NICK CAVE,
ARCTIC MONKEYS, DAVID BOWIE, RADIOHEAD, LAURA MARLING, BLACK SABBATH,
ROYAL BLOOD, FOALS AND MANY MORE
Oct 28, 2019, 08:00 ET
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28, 2019 — Since the fifth season of the massively popular BAFTA-winning series BBC drama wrapped up, fans are aching for their next hit of Peaky Blinders. On November 15, UMe will release the first-ever official soundtrack to the series (currently available on BBC’s iPlayer and on Netflix in more than 100 countries outside of the U.K.) that has captivated audiences across the globe. The soundtrack will be available on 2CD, 3LP and digital. Pre-order is available here: https://UMC.lnk.to/PeakyBlinders.
It’s not just the low tones of Nick Cave’s
vocals in the opening theme tune that have become synonymous with the
BBC’s Birmingham-based flagship gangster drama centered around Tommy Shelby,
his family and their somewhat dubious business practices. Alongside the
atmospheric opener, all the songs featured in the show have been
painstakingly chosen to reflect the feel of the program (the violence,
the grit AND the glamour), which was inspired by a real group of
gangsters in post WW1 Birmingham.
The soundtrack features a previously unreleased rendition of the show’s iconic theme song, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand.”
Only available on this release, the track was recorded specifically for
the show by PJ Harvey and following its premiere this morning on BBC
Radio 6 Music, it will be available to stream and download here: https://peakyblinders.lnk.to/RedRightHand.
Also, exclusively on the album are Jehnny Beth’s “I’m The Man” and Anna Calvi’s season five score, “You’re Not God,” along with Richard Hawley’s (Bob Dylan) “Ballad of A Thin Man” on CD and vinyl for the first time. The album is completed by songs from Nick Cave himself, Arctic Monkeys, The White Stripes, Royal Blood, The Last Shadow Puppets, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Laura Marling, and Foals amongst others.
The show is known for its dark and dramatic soundtrack, acting as a window into the mind of Tommy Shelby
– a tortured ex-soldier who suffers from PTSD after fighting in the
trenches during World War One. The 2CD and 3LP sets feature music and
key clips of dialogue from all five seasons of the show. The 2CD also
includes a 32-page book with images from the show, behind-the-scenes
notes from Guardian journalist Phil Harrison, quotes from the cast and The Chap magazine in conversation with Peaky Blinders‘ Costume Designer, Alison McCosh.
show has been particularly celebrated for its stylish cinematography
and charismatic performances, enhanced by the use of contemporary music,
and with the latest season’s score by the multi–Mercury Award Nominated
singer songwriter Anna Calvi, the
plaudits just kept coming. The soundtrack album also features seasons
1-5 original scores created specifically for the show. Show Creator
Steven Knight was instrumental in pushing the importance of the music
used in the show: “The Peaky Blinders story and the music we
use are twins, born at the same time. It would be difficult to imagine
most of the pivotal moments without the soundtrack. I’m so glad that at
last we have been able to put some of the tracks together on one album,
to put the atmosphere and swagger and snarl of the show into your
headphones and speakers.”
A free limited-edition Peaky Blinders poster will be included for the first 500 pre-orders on both the 2CD and 3LP across uDiscover, The Sound Of Vinyl and Recordstore.co.uk. The BBC is set to release the DVD box set of season 5 on November 11.
So, crack open a bottle of Shelby’s Gin, unbutton your waistcoat, relax and sit back to enjoy the music – BY ORDER OF THE PEAKY BLINDERS!