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“I think it should be a woman” | Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy addresses James Bond rumours

The star of BBC hit show Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy has had to again address rumours that he may be in the running to be the next James Bond, as speculation continues to swirl, saying he is “flattered” but believes the role should go to a woman next.

The star, who plays Peaky Blinders’ imperious leader Tommy Shelby, has been one of the first names on the long list of potential replacements for the 007 role. With Daniel Craig leaving the role after the upcoming flick No Time To Die.

Murphy has been recently suggested for the role by Ian Fleming’s (James Bond creator) niece. But according to Murphy and his interview in GQ, it looks unlikely he will be picking up the Golden Gun any time soon: “It seems to be a way of generating business for bookies, so someone who happens to be in a TV show and wears a tux occasionally in a TV show.”

He continued to offer a differing view on the possible replacement for Daniel Craig, suggesting a new direction could be the best way to go: “Having said all of that, it’s incredibly flattering to be in that conversation,” he said. “I think it should be a woman [next].”

The filming for No Time To Die wrapped earlier this week and will hit cinemas in April 2020, with Daniel Craig reprising the role of Bond for the last time.

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