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Today, in “Things Idris Elba probably won’t be asked to do”: Rosamund Pike opened up this week about the process of getting cast in a James Bond film, and the lines she refused to cross while doing so. Pike’s turn as a “Bond girl” came in 2002's Die Another Day (Pierce Brosnan’s final outing as the British superspy), in which she played eventually-revealed villain Miranda Frost, her first major film role. But before she could take the career-launching opportunity, Pike was asked to provide a little more exposure. Of herself. (She said no.)

Pike talked about the audition recently with Audible, while promoting a new audiobook version of Jane Austen’s Sense And Sensibility—and, specifically, a request that she strip down for producers during a screen test for the part. “I remember them saying I was to drop my dress and appear in my underwear,” Pike noted in the interview. “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.’”

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In other interviews, Pike has talked about the way the Bond film was her first experience of “sort of having to come to terms with yourself as a woman, I suppose, and also an object, as well.” To be fair, the Bond franchise seem like the perfect place for that sort of learning process; there’s nothing new about pointing out that the series is functionally an extended process of watching aging British men work their way through a disposable wardrobe of young starlets—like some sort of suave, martini-swilling Wooderson—but it’s still a stark reminder of how mercenary a process the Hollywood casting system can be.

[via The Hollywood Reporter]