James James (formerly James Lee) was a Spartan-I and former United Nations Space Command serviceman.[1] He drove a black cab, a form of vehicle that could get an individual from point A to B without any electronic trail.[2]



In 2552, he was killed by Thin Kinkle, one of the criminals from the Crystal Security mob syndicate.

Thin Kinkle had kidnapped his daughter Janissary James after Jan foiled a rape that Kinkle had set up as a gang initiation test. While she was imprisoned, Kinkle tortured her using a Cupid's Knife. The device would inflict pain upon her, should she feel anything but love for him. When James tried to rescue her, Kinkle killed him in front of her, and then turned on the Knife.[3] Jan was eventually rescued by her mother, Gilly, and she lived with guilt over her father's death. She, Gilly, and Gladys Wilson later launched a raid on Crystal Security, killing Thin and his boss Monster Ann in retribution for Jim's death.


  • It is presumed that James' rank is below that of Gunnery Sergeant, since Gladys states that she outranks him.[4]
  • He seems to have a distaste for the SPARTAN-II's, claiming that they "aren't even Human anymore!"