He acted in Eugene O'Neill's play, "A Touch of the Poet," at the Young Vic Theatre in London, England with Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, Malcolm Tierney, John McEnery, Amanda Boxer, and Rudi Davies in the cast. David Thacker was director.
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Was offered the key supporting role in the film Big Hand for a Little Lady because the director had liked his performance in the same part in the television version several years earlier. This was James' only big screen role of any importance.