James wrote and directed his first play at the age of eight, involving all the children in the area. Subsequently, he wrote and directed plays throughout his school days, including an amateur horror film on 8mm, The Mark of Satan.
He then went to work at Pinewood Studios on many feature films including the Bond film Diamonds Are Forever.
Thereafter, James studied for two years at the post-graduate filming course of the Photography Department at the London College of Printing (one of the few film schools at the time) where he wrote and directed a number of films including Zigger-Zagger, based on the Peter Terson play, for which he won an award.
After directing commercials, documentaries and fashion shows, James switched to theatre and directed number of fringe plays in the West End while working as Michael Crawford’s personal assistant and make-up artist at a number of West End theatres including Drury Lane.
James was commissioned to write a number of feature films both in Europe and Hollywood such as The Mark of Satan, Escape from El Diablo, Soweto, Waterloo Too, Rock Edge, Rock the Boat and The Legend of Sawney Beane. He wrote and directed the feature film Olympus Force starring Christopher Lee, Joss Ackland, Linda Thorson, Richard Todd and Linda Lusardi.
Shows in the West End that he has written include Prisoner Cell Block H starring Lily Savage (Paul O’Grady), Stand By Me starring Grace Kennedy and Troubadour starring Kim Braden which he also directed at the Cambridge theatre.
On television, James wrote and directed To Be Perfectly Frank starring Michael Crawford.
Semi-professional theatre productions James has directed include The Witches of Eastwick, Titanic – The Musical on the 100th anniversary of the disaster, Parade, Mame, Calamity Jane and his hilarious and unique production of HMS Pinafore for ELOC; Kiss Me Kate for BANAOS, Calamity Jane again for the Lyric Players and Little Shops of Horrors for WAOS. He recently directed Sweet Charity for Molesey Musical Theatre and is currently directing Jesus Christ Superstar for the Epsom Light Opera Company..
Four of these won the coveted NODA award for Excellence, the amateur Oscars. He also won two additional NODAs for his version of Sweeney Todd for WAOS – the Award for Excellence and the Haslemere Trophy for Technical Excellence.
In other news, James is currently writing his first novel.
James is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, one of only 300 in the world, and is a four times Surrey Magic Champion. James is a professional performer and a magical consultant to the entertainment industry.
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