Rosamund Pike refused to strip to her underwear during an audition for her role as a Bond girl in Die Another Day.
The British actress was just 21 when she tried out for the role of double agent Miranda Frost in Pierce Brosnan’s final outing as 007 – a part she eventually won.
In a chat for Audible Sessions, an interview series by Amazon’s audiobook publisher, the star revealed how she was asked to appear in a skimpy outfit and “drop” her dress during her audition for the 2002 film.
Revealing how she refused the request, Rosamund said: “Then on the day – I don’t know where I got the resolve and strength of mind at 21 – but I just thought, ‘Actually, sod that, if they’re going to see me in my underwear, they’d better give me the job.'”
The Gone Girl star, 39, explained that she was told to bring an evening dress to the audition and chose a costume her mother wore as an opera singer. However, the film’s costume designer then told her that the role required her to wear a more revealing outfit.
Rosamund explained: “He said, ‘That’s a very beautiful dress, but in Bond films we wear things a little more like this.’ And he held up three pieces of string and I realised I was way out of my depth.”
Although she agreed to put on the skimpier Bond girl dress, the star refused to go any further, adding: “So I put on this shimmering sheath, or whatever was the order of the day, but I didn’t drop it.”
Despite her worries about her initial audition and the male dominated nature of the Bond films, the star said she had no problems on set – a fact she puts down to the franchise being produced by Barbara Broccoli – who refused to tolerate the kind of sexism recently exposed by the #MeToo movement.
“I look back over my experience on the Bond film and think, my goodness Barbara Broccoli was way ahead of all this #MeToo movement,” she said. “There wasn’t an ounce of feeling uncomfortable while I was on that set.”