Scotland, Sci-Fi and Scuba Lessons: The Curiosities of Young James Cameron

Young James Cameron gravitated toward adventure — whether nature, comic books or science-fiction

Teenage James Cameron excelled in school, and was ahead for his age when he moved to Southern California.

Young Cameron had grown up near one of the great natural wonders of North America — Niagara Falls.


He always felt called to adventure — far more than his father Philip sometimes appreciated. But the Cameron family history ran deep.


James is a descendent of Scotland's Clan Cameron, as told in Episode 7 of BLOCKBUSTER: THE STORY OF JAMES CAMERON the award-winning "biopic podcast" series, starring The Walking Dead's Ross Marquand, from filmmaker and journalist Matt Schrader.



BLOCKBUSTER is free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and all other platforms. BLOCKBUSTER is winner of Adweek's Creative Podcast of the Year, and earned two Webby Honorees and NYF Radio Awards, including for Best Podcast Miniseries.


Clan Cameron has existed in Scotland as a group of highlander tribes for hundreds of years.


During the Wars of Scottish Independence, Clan Cameron fought for Robert the Bruce, against the English, around 1314, though the clan was not officially recognized until 1472.


As recently as World War II, the Cameron Highlanders wore traditional kilts in battle, earning the nickname "the Ladies from Hell."


To this day, Donald Angus Cameron, a very distant relative of James Cameron, remains chief of Clan Cameron. His father and grandfather were also leaders of the clan since 1905.


That adventurous spirit lived on in James, a voracious reader of science-fiction novels as well as comic books that gave a window to another world.


Until he began to discover the ocean. Another world full of spectacular creatures and life just outside of our human reach.


James began learning more and more about the oceans — Jacques Cousteau's documentaries being a major influence on him at that time. He developed a passion for exploration underwater, and asked his father to let him enroll in SCUBA lessons in Buffalo, New York — just across the border from Niagara Falls.


You can hear more about the early passions and rise of James Cameron in BLOCKBUSTER, free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all other platforms.


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