The role came with many expectations.
Rosamund Pike revealed an unpleasant part of her journey to stardom. In an interview for one of her projects, the Pride & Prejudice audiobook, Pike opened up about her audition for the Bond movie that ultimately handed her a breakout role.
The actress recounted the bravery that struck her when she was asked to strip down to her underwear during her audition for Die Another Day.
“I remember them saying I was to drop my dress and appear in my underwear. 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 going to 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.’”
A costume designer was also part of Pike's shock who commented on the dress she was planning to wear for an evening wear scene.
“‘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. I realized 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.”