The ex-I'm a Celebrity contestant, who played Robbie Jackson on the BBC soap, was said to have told The Sun that he applied for a 'Mobile Surveillance Officer' vacancy on the basis that he is a fan of James Bond, allegedly asking: "How hard can it be?"
A source added to the publication: "There wasn't much acting work around so Dean had a look at what else was out there. He's not heard back yet - but fingers crossed."
However, Gaffney has since rubbished the claims on Twitter, blasting The Sun for "lazy journalism" and insisting that the story "hasn't even come from me".
He wrote: "I wish to say that I did NOT do a story with the Sun today,was lazy journalism and I can't believe they hash up lies. Such a NOTHING story."
After the publication of the article, Gaffney received a loveable mocking from former EastEnders colleague Adam Woodyatt, who joked: "Think @deangaffney1 is going to get some stick today!! He's more Johnny English than James Bond #007."
Woodyatt did also reassure Gaffney that the story "will all be forgotten by next weekend", while Lily Allen weighed in on the issue by tweeting a picture of The Sun's front page with the comment: "Ummm, slow news day?"