Robert James worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. In the beginning of his acting career, James starred in comedies like "Speedway" (1968) with Elvis Presley, "The Love Bug" (1968) and "Mary, Queen of Scots" (1971) with Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson. He also appeared in the TV movie "The Four Feathers" (1977-78). He also appeared in the TV special "Jane Eyre" (1984-85). His work around this time also included a part on the TV movie "The Master of Ballantrae" (1983-84). He also worked in television during these years, including a part on "The Jewel in the Crown" (1984-85). He also landed roles in the miniseries "Ike" (1978-79) and "The First Olympics: Athens 1896" (1983-84). Additionally, he appeared on the television special "Rumpole and the Quality of Life" (1989-1990). He also worked in television during these years, including a part on "First Among Equals" (1986-87). He also held acting roles in films like the adventurous drama "Dark River" (1990) with Tom Bell and the Eileen Atkins comedic adaptation "Cold Comfort Farm" (1996). Most recently, James acted in the thriller "The Innocent Sleep" (1997) with Annabella Sciorra.