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December 12, 2011

Sir Roger Moore: 'I've paid my dues in taxes'

Former James Bond star denies being unpatriotic by living abroad

Sir Roger Moore: 'I've paid my dues in taxes'

Actor Sir Roger Moore says he has paid his fair share of taxes in the UK and denied he was being unpatriotic by living abroad.

The former James Bond star told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics programme that he would return to Britain if he could afford to buy a house in the country.

And he added that he thought Prime Minister David Cameron was doing "wonderfully well" over the European crisis.

Speaking to 5 Live's chief political correspondent John Pienaar, Sir Roger, 84, who divides his time between Switzerland and Monaco, discussed his reasons for living abroad.

"It's not about tax. That's a serious part of it. I come back to England often enough not to miss it, to see the changes, to find some of the changes good," he said.

"I paid my taxes at the time that I was earning a decent income, so I've already paid my due."

Asked what would make him return to the UK, Sir Roger said: "Being able to afford a house in the country. I would come back like a shot."

Speaking about Mr Cameron's recent decisions in Europe, the actor, who said he had always been a Conservative, said the Prime Minister had his support and described members of the Tory party who opposed him as "traitors".

"I think he's doing absolutely wonderfully well, despite the opposition from many members of his own party. Traitors, I call them," he said.

He added: "I mean any hardliner within the Conservative Party who speaks out against their leader. You should support your leader."

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