‘Peaky Blinders’ has been a great success, so much in fact that it’s being moved from BBC2 to BBC1. Series five is due to air towards the end of 2019 and it’ll be the first since the departure of Tom Hardy whose character was killed off in the last series. The hit show has made big stars out of Hardy and Cillian Murphy, but could one of them be the next James Bond?

Murphy Strongly Backed

Cillian Murphy stars as Thomas Shelby in ‘Peaky Blinders’ and has already won two major awards for his performance. In both 2017 and 2018, he won the Best Actor in a Drama award at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

It might seem a bit of a change from going to a gangster to James Bond, but it worked for another Irish actor. Remember Pierce Brosnan in ‘The Long Good Friday’? Murphy definitely has a better singing voice than the former Bond. The occasional rock musician could even sing the theme tune too or is that a task only reserved for Dennis Waterman?

Making the transition from TV roles to Bond also worked for Roger Moore. However, Murphy already has a string of successful movies on his CV. He appeared as ‘Scarecrow’ in ‘The Dark Knight’ and won awards for his role in ‘Breakfast on Pluto.’ Murphy played an transgender Irish woman in the latter of those movies, so he can turn his hand to anything can Cillian.

It’s not known how much longer ‘Peaky Blinders’ is going to run for or who’s going to be killed off in series 5 (hopefully we’ll have odds on that in the run-up to the new series). Murphy is as short as 6/4 (2.5) at Paddy Power to take over from Daniel Craig. The current incumbent is expected to quit after the next movie due out next year. That means it’d most likely be 2021 before work on the 26th Bond movie begins. Plenty of time for Shelby to cause a bit more havoc in ‘Peaky Blinders.’

Odds Cut on Hardy

At the age of 41, Tom Hardy has a highly impressive CV whether it be on stage, television or in the movies. Variety is the spice of life and Hardy seems to have that market totally cornered.

One minute he can be starring in a movie such as ‘Venom’ and the next playing the Kray Twins in ‘Legend.’ In 2008 he starred in the title role of ‘Bronson’ playing the long-term violent prisoner Charles Bronson.

Hardy certainly loves playing a villain in the movies. He also appeared in the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy and won great praise for his role as Bane in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and is soon to be seen as Al Capone in ‘Fonzo.’ All of which makes you wonder whether he can go from playing one villain after another to playing Bond, one of the greatest movie heroes of all time.

It’s not just the movies that have made Hardy such a hot property. TV viewers loved him as Bill Sykes in ‘Oliver Twist’ (yet another villain) but it’s his role as Alfie Solomons in ‘Peaky Blinders’ that has kept viewers captivated.

Again, he’s been playing a villainous role as the leader of a Jewish gang in Camden Town, London. He’s supposed to run a bakery but it was actually a distillery. Hardy would have been found guilty by every court in the land for his performances as he continually stole ever scene. His character was killed off in series four, so he’s free to get his licence to kill.

He’s managed to attract some important support in his bid to be the next Bond. Former 007 Pierce Brosnan is a big fan of his work believing he’d be able to “put a bit of wriggle into it.” You can get 6/1 (7.0) on Hardy stepping into Daniel Craig’s shoes.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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