James was a male Human Starfleet crewmember in the 23rd century. He served aboard the USS Enterprise in 2266 under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, while the starship was undertaking an historic five-year mission.
That same year, James served on the bridge following a transporter accident that divided Captain Kirk into two opposite personalities. During a confrontation on the bridge, in a fit of rage, the "evil" Kirk ordered James and Farrell to apprehend the "good" Kirk. (TOS: "The Enemy Within")