Craig did not play a "brainless tough guy" in Sylvia, Archangel, or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I haven't seen every movie the guy has done but I'm sure there are other examples.
I can see him as a cold, calculating, dangerous Master with a dry wit. You can't because you're biased. It's as simple as that.
I'm not biased, I'm going with what I've seen. Sharpe, The Ice House
, Layer Cake, Elizabeth
, Road to Perdition
, Munich, Infamous
, Our Friends In the North
, The Golden Compass
, Cowboys & Aliens
, and his Bond films.
But I haven't seen the three films you mention, just as you haven't seen the two I mentioned with Michael Caine. I asked several times for you to name films where he wasn't playing a "tough guy." If he's not playing a role like in Layer Cake
or Bond, I'll be happy to give them a chance. I always gave Archangel
a pass because I read the book, and the movie seemed like a watered-down, generic spy film adaptation. Dragon Tattoo
's been on my list for reasons other than Craig, just haven't gotten around to it.
So, I'll give them a watch soon, and see if I can picture him in a more thoughtful role than he's shown in the majority
of his film career.