The "gravity" method of bleeding from the lever works fine. All you need is an 8mm spanner for the bleed nipple and a short piece of hose to stick on the end of it. I tend to use drinking straws from fast food restaurants, they are free, just the right diameter and clear enough to see air bubbles leaving the calliper.
One thing to watch with hopes, especially the older models is that air bubbles can get trapped in the calliper. If you can't get a good bleed try rotating the calliper while tapping it with a spanner to free the trapped air bubbles.