The Avengers: Season 3, Episode 7

The Gilded Cage (13 Mar. 1991)

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J. P. Spagge is an international criminal mastermind and The Avengers have a plan to trap him. They pose as thieves out to steal three million pounds worth of gold from a holding vault, ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Magee ...
J. P. Spagge
Edric Connor ...
Abe Benham
Norman Chappell ...
Margo Cunningham ...
Fredric Abbott ...
Alan Haywood ...
Martin Friend ...
Terence Soall ...
Geoff L'Cise ...
Douglas Cummings ...
Neil Wilson ...


J. P. Spagge is an international criminal mastermind and The Avengers have a plan to trap him. They pose as thieves out to steal three million pounds worth of gold from a holding vault, though the heist goes wrong when Mrs. Gale is caught. In the event,this turns out to be merely a trick on the part of Spagge, to determine whether or not the 'robbers' are genuine. The real robbery is yet to come. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Fleming: The bowler? Custom made, Hemmings and Pauls, St James. Beautifully blocked, not a penny under 10 guineas. The umbrella, Bolton and Sons, '63 model, slightly weighted handle, perfect balance, just right for a man of his height. And the suit? It's a dream. Cut by an artist. Possibly Drift Brothers., definitely Saville Row. 65 guineas 75.
J.P. Spagge: Is he carrying a gun?
Fleming: A gun? Heh. In a suit like that, Sir, he couldn't have carried another fountain pen.
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Honor Blackman plays Goldfinger...and loses
31 January 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Gilded Cage" could almost be a dry run for "Goldfinger" (some five months before the James Bond feature began production), with Honor Blackman's Cathy Gale leading a group of professional criminals on a gold heist. Steed believes that wheelchair-bound mastermind John P. Spagge (Patrick Magee) will eventually take the bait, but is surprised when Cathy is promptly arrested for Spagge's murder. Previously seen in "Killer Whale," the dependable, eccentric Patrick Magee makes a fine, bitter villain, with Norman Chappell another standout as his snobbish butler, who admires Steed's exquisite taste in clothes (Chappell appeared in five other episodes, "Dance with Death," "Dead of Winter," "Dial a Deadly Number," "Murdersville," and "Fog"). Other series veterans include Neil Wilson (previously seen in "The Frighteners"), Fredric Abbot (previously seen in "Killer Whale"), Alan Haywood (previously seen in "A Chorus of Frogs"), Geoff L'Cise (previously seen in "Death Dispatch"), Martin Friend (later seen in "The White Elephant"), and Douglas Cummings (later seen in "The Wringer"). This marks the fifth and final appearance of Steed's dog Sheba, although its name is never mentioned (no more dogs would appear for the remainder of the series).

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