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Rosamund Pike had never seen a Bond movie before audition

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Apr 18, 2014 | 6:39am EDT

British actress Rosamund Pike had never seen a Bond film before auditioning for a role in 2002's Die Another Day. The actress was just 21 when she was cast as double agent Miranda Frost alongside Pierce Brosnan as 007 in the movie, and she was far from prepared as she tried out for Bond bosses. She tells W Magazine, "Before I was cast as a Bond girl, I had never actually seen a James Bond movie. The Bond audition was strange - I'd just come back from China, doing the kind of hippie backpacking thing that people do when they leave school. "All the girls in this beautiful old town house waiting to see the casting director were sleek and dressed in what seemed to me like leather. I was wearing something very thick and woolly. I was convinced I was all wrong." Meanwhile, Pike insists things didn't get any easier when she was actually chosen for the role, revealing she struggled with being thrust into the spotlight. She adds, "The Bond film was like an ejector seat from normality into a crazy circus world. It was trial by fire. I was 21, and I was made to look far more sophisticated than I felt. "Instantly, I had to come to terms with myself as a woman and also as an object. I was looking at myself from the outside for the first time. That awareness, for any girl, is both horrible and fascinating."

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