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Pierce Brosnan picks Cillian Murphy for next James Bond: He ‘would do a magnificent job’

Pierce Brosnan has spied the next James Bond — and it’s Cillian Murphy.

Brosnan, who starred as James Bond in four movies, says that Murphy (“Oppenheimer,” “Peaky Blinders”) is the natural choice to play the dashing secret agent on the big screen.

“Cillian would do a magnificent job as James Bond on His Majesty’s Secret Service,” Brosnan said at the Oscar Wilde Awards in LA Thursday night, according to Variety.

Murphy was also at the event with his fellow Irish actor.

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in “Die Another Day” (2002). Brosnan starred in four James Bond movies. ©MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in “Die Another Day” (2002). Brosnan starred in four James Bond movies. ©MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

Murphy, who is the odds-on favorite to win Best Actor at the March 10 Academy Awards, has finished filming his next project, the historical drama “Small Things Like These,” which premiered last month at the Berlin Film Festival.

He has also expressed interest in filming a big-screen adaptation of his hit BBC gangster series “Peaky Blinders,” which streamed on Netflix.

Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer and Matt Damon as Gen. Leslie Groves in a scene from Oscar favorite “Oppenheimer.” AP
Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer and Matt Damon as Gen. Leslie Groves in a scene from Oscar favorite “Oppenheimer.” AP

Brosnan starred as James Bond from 1995-2002 in “Golden Eye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The World Is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day.”

The role was inherited by Daniel Craig, who’s made five Bond movies (2006-2021).

Since Craig retired from the James Bond franchise, several names to succeed him have been bandied about, including Idris Elba, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Bridgerton” star Regé-Jean Page and “Superman” star Henry Cavill.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in a scene from “Casino Royale,” which hit the big screen in 2006. Craig’s last appearance as Bond was in the 2021 movie “No Time to Die.” ©Sony Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection
Daniel Craig as James Bond in a scene from “Casino Royale,” which hit the big screen in 2006. Craig’s last appearance as Bond was in the 2021 movie “No Time to Die.” ©Sony Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Murphy stars in “Oppenheimer” as J. Robert Oppenheimer, dubbed “The Father of the Atomic Bomb.” His performance has already won him BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award trophies.

According to a report in the Sun, Murphy’s turn in “Oppenheimer” has caught the attention of “James Bond” producer Barbara Broccoli, who “has been keeping a close eye on Cillian for the last year.”

“Cillian is the toast of Hollywood right now and this would be the ultimate role,” a source told the Sun. “This is a way to elevate the Bond franchise with an actor who is at the very top of his game.”

Production on the 26th James Bond movie is not expected to start until later this year.