I’ve used the IMDb site many times to check on obscure members of the cast in even more obscure films, but I didn’t know that found life in a living room in Tameside.
Its founder, Col Needham, was and is a movie buff, mainly fuelled by the advent of home video players and trips to local cinemas. And though he sold out to Amazon in 1998, making him a millionaire, he still works on the mammoth database project.
And his favourite films? Hitchcock’s Vertigo and North by North West at number one and three, while sandwiched in between is Inception which I bought on DVD, but have still to watch.