Welcome to my adventures in the world of writing and film! Here’s the formal bit…

James Smith was born in 1965 in Surrey, England and brought up in the USA and South Africa before his globe-trotting family returned to Essex in the late 1970s.


Following college stints at Chelmsford and Leicester, he embarked on a career in the computer business. This, however, was short-lived as he spent much of his time and energy sailing, surfing, writing, recording music, and filmmaking. He now directs independent feature films and develops writing ideas, many of which are based on experiences from frequent visits to Andalucía.

His books, Andaluz Blood (conspiracy-thriller) and In At The Geek End (autobiographical novel), demonstrate a writing style with cutting insights, pace, and humour.


Raya Films


Wrote Andaluz Blood aboard his parents’ ten metre yacht in Spain.

First travelled abroad at 18 months of age from Southampton to New York aboard RMS Queen Elizabeth as featured in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. The ocean liner is now sunk in Hong Kong Victoria Harbour.

Photo © Iban Andujar
Photo © Iban Andujar

His favourite food is Canarian.

Plays guitar despite serious injury to left hand.

Comes from an artistic family, including his mother, Eugenie, an author whose first television appearance was as a guest on The Spook Beckman Show (WLWC-TV, Ohio) in 1967 with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Avid rugby union fan – supports England Rugby.

Became a film fan as a child when attending drive-in movies with his family in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Appeared on 90s extreme sports Sky TV programme ‘Wild Spirits’ as a windsurfing, songwriting guitarist.


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