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UK PM’s Ex-Aide Said Hacking ‘Bond’ Star Was ‘Brilliant,’ Court Hears

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Andy Coulson served as British Prime Minister David Cameron's director of communications after leaving the News of the World newspaper. SUZANNE PLUNKETT / Reuters

LONDON -- British Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications director demanded to hear a hacked voicemail message revealing an affair between "James Bond" star Daniel Craig and actress Sienna Miller, a court heard Tuesday.

Andy Coulson "became animated" and exclaimed "brilliant" after hearing the recording while he was serving as editor of Britain's now-defunct News of the World newspaper, according to evidence given by ex-reporter Dan Evans at London's Old Bailey court.

"I hacked every phone I could possibly think of hacking, including one of an actor called Daniel Craig, who might be better known as James Bond," Evans told the jury.

Evans recalled a voicemail on Craig's phone sent from Miller while she was out with her then boyfriend Jude Law. "I heard a female voice saying, 'Hi, it’s me, can’t speak, at the Groucho [an upmarket London private club] with Jude, I love you,'” he said. “When I checked the number, I came up with Sienna Miller’s number."

Coulson was editor of the News of the World until 2007 and later served as Cameron's director of communications. He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to illegally intercept voicemail messages on cellphones and another of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Evans, a former News of the World journalist, has admitted hacking charges. He told the court he is a recovering drug user and confirmed he committed perjury when he denied phone hacking at London's High Court on a previous occasion.

Coulson is one of seven people who deny charges related to phone hacking. Also among this group is Rebekah Brooks, another former News of the World editor and chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News International. She denies charges of phone hacking, making corrupt payments to public officials and perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

Central News press agency contributed to this report.