UK bookies Boyle Sports just slashed the odds on the Peaky Blinders star.
A spokesman told Express Online: “A renewed burst of money for Cillian Murphy to don the famous tuxedo and play James Bond has arrived this week.
“We’ve had to slash him in to 5/1 from 10/1. This is the shortest price the Peaky Blinders star has ever been with us.”
Fans and pundits are used to seeing rapid surges in betting when a star has a high profile film or TV show.
Unusually, the Cork-born actor has something very different from the usual Bond-bait action and drama shows which propel their leading men into contention.