She played two different characters in the James Bond franchise: Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002) and Pussy Galore in BBC4's 2010 radio adaptation of "Goldfinger".
She and Halle Berry are the only two actresses to play Bond Girls (who bedded Bond) in the official 007 franchise to receive Oscar nominations: Berry won for her performance in Monster's Ball (2001), while Pike was nominated for her work in Gone Girl (2014). Kim Basinger, who starred in Never Say Never Again (1983), also went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for L.A. Confidential (1997), but her movie is considered non-canon in the 007 franchise. Both Pike and Berry were in the same Bond movie, Die Another Day (2002), and both were nominated in the Best Actress category. Oscar nominee Minnie Driver and Oscar Winner Judi Dench both appeared in the Bond film GoldenEye (1995), but neither played Bond Girls who bedded Bond.
Plays the piano and cello.
She got the part in Gone Girl (2014) beating out Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Abbie Cornish, Olivia Wilde, Julianne Hough, and the film's producer Reese Witherspoon who all either auditioned or were considered for the part.
She was friends with Chelsea Clinton while at Wadham College, Oxford. Not only are they both the same height (5' 9"), they are both fluent in German, and they are both only children.