Lead singer Paul Rogers denied in a 2010 interview with Spinner
the reports that the name of the band, title of the album, and hit single came from the 1972 critically acclaimed Jeff Bridges Western of the same name. Rogers stated that he's never even seen the movie.
The singer added that he decided to go with a song with same name as the band as, "I think because it had never really been done, as far as I knew. I thought it was interesting to come out as a brand-new band with its own theme song."
So, where did the name "Bad Company" come from? Says Rogers: "It came from my childhood days. I saw a book on Victorian morals. They showed this picture of this Victorian punk. He was dressed like a tough, with a top hat and the spats and vests and the watch in the pocket and the tails and all of that. But everything was raggy. The shoes were popped out of the soles, and the top of the hat was popped out. And the guy is leaning on the lamppost with a bottle in his hand and a pipe in his mouth, obviously a dodgy person. And you've got this little choirboy kind of guy - a little kid, actually - looking up to him. And underneath it said, 'Beware of bad company.'"