I think you could develop a top spin backhand after a few lessons, definitely - depends on James's ability of course.
I have pretty good feel for the game and I still move well. I became competitive with my mate, who has been playing for a few years, after 10 or so matches. I'm pretty good at imitating what I see on television when it comes to sport. The backhand is what I have most trouble with, though. It's not a shot I've been able to mimic with any great success. I'm more accurate with a two-hander, but I feel you need to spend time developing power when you use two hands, surprisingly.