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Pierce Brosnan Suggests Cillian Murphy As Next James Bond Actor

Cillian Murphy arrives at the BAFTA Tea Party on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, at The Maybourne Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) cillian murphy

Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, who appeared in four movies in the franchise, has shared his top choice for the next 007. Brosnan believes that Cillian Murphy would do a magnificent job as James Bond in His Majesty’s Secret Service. However, at 47 years old, Murphy's age may be a factor that takes him out of the running for the iconic role.

There have been six actors who have portrayed the iconic British superspy James Bond, with Daniel Craig being the latest star to have played the role. With Craig's departure after the explosive ending of 'No Time To Die' in 2021, the search for the next Bond is on. While a number of actors are rumored to be in the running, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who is 33 years old and considered a top contender, Cillian Murphy's age may not align with the producers' preferences.

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Williams are reportedly looking for a younger actor in their early or mid-30s to take on the role of James Bond. This is due to the franchise commitments that come with the part, as actors typically sign on for at least three movies. Despite his talent and acclaim, Murphy himself has acknowledged that he may be 'a bit too old' for the role, as stated in a recent interview with HELLO Magazine.

Idris Elba, another actor often considered a top choice for the role of Bond, also expressed feeling 'too old' for the part back in 2016 when he was in his early 40s. The next James Bond is likely to be a younger actor, given the reported preferences of the producers and the age considerations that actors like Murphy and Elba have raised.

While Pierce Brosnan has endorsed Cillian Murphy for the role, it remains to be seen who will ultimately step into the shoes of the iconic spy. As fans eagerly await news on the next Bond actor, the speculation continues as to who will be the next actor to carry on the legacy of James Bond.

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