18-Aug-2018 • Actor News
British actress Rosamund Pike, who was still studying at Oxford when she landed the role of Miranda Frost in the 2002 James Bond film 'Die Another Day,' has role The Independent that her path to securing the job was not what she expected.
“My first audition was for a Bond film and I remember them saying I was to drop my dress and appear in my underwear,” she said.
“On the day, I don’t know how I got the resolve and strength of mind, but I just thought ‘actually sod that, if they're gonna see me in my underwear, they better give me the job'.
“So, I thought, 'There's no way I'm going to take off a dress in the audition for this tape to be sent around Los Angeles and to be judged on that'.”
Pike said she was asked to wear an evening dress to the audition and said that she turned up in a silk gown once worn by her grandma.
“[The costume designer] said, 'That's a very beautiful dress, but in Bond films we wear things a little more like this', and she held up three pieces of string,” Pike continued.
“I realised I was in a completely different world and way out of my depth. So, I put on this shimmering sheath, or whatever the order of the day was, but I didn't drop it.”
Despite the experience during casting, Pike said she felt safe on set thanks to producer Barbara Broccoli and maintained that the character was well-written.
A year after her Bond film debuted, Pike appeared completely naked on stage for the production of 'Hitchcock Blonde.'