Monro, whose real name was Terry Parsons, was born in London in 1930. After a stint in the Army and working as a bus driver (one of his later nicknames was "The Singing Bus Driver"), Monro attracted the attention of popular pianist Winifred Atwell. She helped him secure a contract with Decca Records, where he first recorded as Matt Monro (it's often misspelled as Munro or Monroe).
Concurrently, Monro began recording songs for films, working frequently with composer John Barry and lyricist Don Black (who co-wrote "Walk Away"). Monro was the first singer to croon a James Bond song when he sang the title tune over the closing credits of From Russia With Love (1963). He sang Barry's haunting song "Wednesday's Child" in the spy thriller The Quiller Memorandum (1966). However, the most famous Barry-Monro collaboration was the Oscar-winning 1966 title song from Born Free. Although Monro's vocal version is widely known, it was eclipsed on the pop charts by pianist Roger Williams' instrumental cover.
Matt Monro's sole venture into acting was in a supporting role in Satan's Harvest, a 1970 action film about drug smuggling in South Africa. It was written and directed by Monro's friend George Montgomery. It starred Tippi Hedren and Montogomery and included Monro singing "Two People."
Matt Monro died in 1985 at age 54 of liver cancer. There aren't many video clips of Matt Monro, but my favorite is the incredible medley below from the 1964 TV series Shindig featuring this amazing assembly of talent: The Righteous Brothers, Donna Loren, Chad and Jeremy, Matt, Tina Turner, and Neil Sedaka.